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American Legion Posts

If you have served active duty in the United States Armed Forces and have been honorably discharged or are still serving - you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!

Join the American Legion: https://mylegion.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Membership/Join

  • American Legion Department of Montana, (406) 324-3989, amlegmt29@mtlegion.org; http://www.mtlegion.org/

  • American Legion Auxiliary of Montana: https://mtlegion.org/DeptofMTAux.html

  • District 5 (ALA President) – Tori Nobles, (406) 363-0467, C (406) 961-3570, tori@losthorseranch.com

  • Corvallis: Post 91 & Legion Riders ~ Anyone can come and join us. We are accepting new members so please come check us out; Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President, (406) 360-5275

  • DILLON: Beaverhead Post No 20 The American Legion, 437 East Glendale St., Dillon, MT 59725; (406) 683-5305

  • FLORENCE: American Legion of Montana District 5, (406) 274-4589

  • HAMILTON: Post 47, 322 S 2nd St, Hamilton, (862) 824-5225, (406) 363-6667, amlegionpadre@gmail.com; https://centennial.legion.org/montana/post47; Commander, Ruth Cook, (406) 363-8463

  • LOLO: Chief Joseph Post 135 ~ Come find out about our organization and all that we do for Veterans and our community. Questions: Commander, Alex Vogel, alexv1@hotmail.com OR JOIN: elmerwpalmer@gmail.com; http://chiefjosephpost.org/

  • KALISPELL: Post 137, 351 4th Ave EN, Kalispell http://www.americanlegionkalispell.com/

  • MISSOULA: Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula - Office Open TuTh afternoons (Member meetings 3rd Thursday @ 6:30pm). Questions / RENT SPACE: (406) 543-7391, hellgatepost27@yahoo.com; Flags that need retired may be dropped off at Missoula Textile, VFW, and/or American Legion (Missoula Textile will also repair and clean American flags for anyone, free of charge, throughout the year).

  • MISSOULA: Auxiliary Unit 27 Msla Membership is open to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who were in the Armed Forces of the United States. Questions: Senta, ALA Unit 27 President, mtsenta_grizfan@yahoo.com

  • MISSOULA: American Legion Riders Chapter 68 - Main events & info: The American Legion Legacy Run: http://www.legion.org/riders/legacyrun; Rolling Thunder: http://www.alrrollingthunder.com/;  American Legion Riders E-newsletter: http://editor.ne16.com/legacyrun/legacyrun-signup.html; Contact: Earnest Bennett (406) 370-3879; Or, leave a message on the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ALRChapter68MissoulaMT/

  • PARADISE: Post 129, 450 Railroad, Paradise (406) 826-3191, paradisepost129@gmail.com

  • PLAINS: Montana Peer Support Specialist - Rick Williamson, MSW - SFC US Army Retired (72-92) (406) 540-3537, rchipndale0921@aol.com (Mental Health First Aid 2021, Montana Peer Network)

  • RONAN: Post 138 ~ Veterans & Community, North Crow Club House, 44027 N. Foothills Dr., Ronan. Rent the club house (406) 210-2607

  • STEVENSVILLE: Fort Owen Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville; "Looking for ideas to get more Veterans involved w/ social events in the Bitterroot or if there is something you have wanted to do for Veterans in the Bitterroot please let them know: Chuck – Stevensville AL Post 94 Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Don - Chapter President, (406) 360-5275, phantom_colt45@hotmail.com;  Auxiliary Questions: Cheryl, (406) 531-4132

  • ST. REGIS: Post 13 - Scott Burrows, Adjutant, scotpix2@montana.com OR Mary Jo Berry, (406) 822-4800

  • Women Veterans of MT American Legion: Cheryl Kester Hanson, President - American Legion Auxiliary Unit 135, (701) 260-2833, loh_cih@yahoo.com

American Red Cross ~ Service to the Armed Forces

https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer/service-to-the-armed-forces.html

ARC teams provided services and support to 1,194 military families in FY20. Red Cross is also the “Communication Arm of the Military” –Reconnection Workshops: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/deployment-services/register-reconnection-workshops

Questions: Sara, 406-750-9939, sara.cease@redcross.org

America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP)

https://www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/

AWP is committed to a one-size-fits-one approach that empowers military, veterans, families, and caregivers.

Questions: Erica Floyd, Administrative Assistant, America’s Warrior Partnership, (706) 434-1708, EFloyd@americaswarriorpartnership.org

Association of Defense Communities

https://defensecommunities.org/

Representing every major defense community and state in the country, 300+ member organization dedicated to advancing issues that build strong communities and strengthen the ability for service members to defend our nation.

Questions: Matt, Executive Director and fellow Montanan, (202) 822-5256, matt.borron@gmail.com

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers ~ Armed Forces Initiative

https://www.backcountryhunters.org/armed_forces

BHA’s Armed Forces Initiative strives to ensure Veterans & those actively serving continue to take active roles as public land owners while providing a constructive outlet for current or transitioning service members to continue selfless service and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals. 

Questions: (406) 926-1908, admin@backcountryhunters.org

Bitter Root Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or Bitterroot DAR)

https://missouladar.weebly.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BitterRootDAR/

We engage our membership in meaningful projects under our motto: “God, Home and Country”

Contact: Nancy Schmitz, Ed.D., Registrar, Bitter Root Chapter NSDAR, Cell 808-987-2114, nschmitz2002@yahoo.com

Camp Patriot

https://camppatriot.org/

Outdoor adventures for Veterans located in NW Montana (Libby/Yaak area). Access to fishing, boating, swimming, mountain biking, ATV’s, hiking, and much more. Xsports4Vets in Missoula is also a POC to organize events up there.

Questions: Micah – ED & Founder, mclark@camppatriot.org

Camp Ponderosa ~ Veterans Retreat in Swan Valley (Bigfork)

Need a camping spot? HWY 83 Mile Marker 59. Call (406) 754-2552 to reserve & follow their FB: https://www.facebook.com/NW-MT-Veterans-Camp-Ponderosa-104535412373343

In development: https://veteransfoodpantry.org/AboutUs/CampPonderosa/tabid/7084/Default.aspx

5/21/21 story: https://dailyinterlake.com/news/2021/may/21/camp-ponderosa-gets-all-terrain-track-chair-vets/

Questions: Allen Erickson, (406) 756-7304, allen@veteransfoodpantry.org

Outreach: Cinnamon Davis-Hall, Community Outreach Specialist, NW MT Veterans Food Pantry & Stand Down, (406) 250-2394, cdhall03@gmail.com

Center for Women Veterans (CWV) ~ Women Veterans Book Corner

https://www.va.gov/womenvet/bookcorner/index.asp

Civil Air Patrol (CAP)

http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/

Founded in 1941, as a way to protect the nation’s shorelines from invading German U-boats, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAPMSLA

Commander – Missoula CAP: Captain James W. Meixner (406) 550-2171, jim.meixner@mtwg.cap.gov

Color Guards ~ Honor Guards

FYI: Almost every American Legion & VFW Post on this page has an Color / Honor Guard

  • American Legion Color Guard (requests and scheduling): Richard Wherley, (406) 728-7178 

  • Corvallis Post Color Guard – Ravalli Republic Honor Guard. Contact Martyn Reiss (406) 360-0640.

  • Montana Army National Guard Color Guard / Military Funeral Honors: Andrew, Area Coordinator, (406) 529-8447 or (406) 324-3230

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) (406) 778-7749 or Jim Bobbitt (406) 240-9742

  • Montana Honor Guard: Chuck Lewis, (406) 270-5735

  • Montana Youth Challenge Academy: (406) 683-7533

  • State of Montana Military Funeral Honors: (406) 324-3231

CPA ~ Veteran Volunteer

Mr. Fanguy is a retired CPA and a Veteran (willing to help other Veterans w/their taxes, etc.). His wife is a retired Teacher that could help with reading and writing. Contact CY Fanguy (777) 356-2334

Crosspoint Community Church

http://www.crosspointmt.com/

7500 Mullan Rd., Missoula

Missoula Veterans Partnership (MVP) invites all Veterans to join our men's breakfast 8 – 10am on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Join us for food, fellowship, and fun. The food is fantastic and the conversations memorable

Questions: (406) 728-4910, info@crosspointmt.com

Downrange Warriors ~ WY (Open to MT Veterans)

http://www.downrangewarriors.org/

Leading Veterans to victory over PTS through Reboot Combat Recovery courses & Got Your Six Outdoors (GY6O) Veteran & family events.

Questions: (307) 578-8484 or (763) 267-4542, info@downrangewarriors.org

DREAM Adaptive Recreation, Inc. ~ Whitefish

https://www.dreamadaptive.org/

Military Program: FREE of Charge! We welcome Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans with a disability to participate in ANY of our adaptive programs, equipment available.

Military Programs - Summer: https://www.dreamadaptive.org/portfolio/military-summer-programs/

Military Programs – Winter: https://www.dreamadaptive.org/portfolio/military-winter-programs/

Contact: (406) 862-1817, info@DreamAdaptive.org


Elks ~ Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks (BPOE)

JOIN: https://www.elks.org/

Serving since 1897 ~ America’s Original Social Network! Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of Veterans, and improve quality of life.

Fish Montana

https://www.fish-montana.com/

We take Veterans fishing all around Montana to help them anyway we can because we owe it to them. We strive to create an unforgettable experience where you can fish, learn, and grow.

Questions: fishmontanaleswilliams@gmail.com

Florence Civic Club

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/florencecivicclub

They honor Veterans by hanging banners on the lamp poles along the bicycle path on HWY 93 every November!

Contact: (406) 529-4863, florencecivicclub2018@gmail.com

Historian HC-7 ~ Naval Aviation Museum

https://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/

Ron is a groundskeeper at the Vet Cemetery (N of Big Sky HS in Missoula) and donated his 20 year history collection to the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, FL.

Questions: Ron Milam “Lil Ron” Historian HC-7, ADJ-3.8, Det 108 & 113 (69-70), hc7helomech@msn.com

​Homeward for Heroes (H4H) ~ Kalispell

https://www.homewardforheroes.org/

Operation Disconnect to Reconnect! 3 – 10 day “TREKS” for Veterans, law enforcement, firefighters & first responders (and spouses). 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to those who have given so much to serve.

Contact: Dan or Laura Reese, (406) 471-0513, info@homewardforheroes.org

HUNTING ~ Warrior Team Hunt

Join their 117 Warrior Alumni and 30 partner ranches in MT!

VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=226835949086227&ref=search

Contact: steve@unitedstatesofhope.org or Sam (406) 218-1696, sam@mtmva.org

Impact Montana

http://impactmontana.org/

“Helping Montana’s Service Members, Veterans, and Families Thrive” (SMVF) Pillars: Physical fitness & wellness; Financial Wellness; Social Wellness; Family Wellness; Spiritual Wellness; Career Support. They have several partner facilities (Missoula: Fuel Fitness and Baldwin & Peterson Built Fitness). These partners waive gym fees. If you’d like to participate, please reach out to IM’s Physical Wellness Coordinator – Chantelle Russell (406) 461-5487, chantellerussell@impactmontana.org

OR Ryan, ryan.luchau@impactmontana.org

Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

https://iava.org/membership/#join

IAVA is an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to the newest generation of Veterans. Our mission is to improve the lives of 2.4 million Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and their families.

Questions: info@iava.org or MSG their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/IAVA.org/

Kayak Lessons ~ FREE for Veterans & Spouses (Kalispell)

Whitewater Kayak Lessons – learn kayaking skills. Maximum of 3 families per sessions. 3 lessons per session, 1 pool, 2 lake / river. All equipment provided.

Questions: Travis Schule (406) 871-3591

Malmstrom AFB ~ Heads UP!

https://341fss.com/recreation/

Questions: Outdoor Recreation (406) 731-3263

Arts & Crafts (406) 731-4700

Auto Lobby (406) 731-3777, MalmstromArtsNCrafts@gmail.com

Marine Corps League (MCL)

https://montanamcl.org/

MCL Missoula needs 15 members to start a Charter. The meetings will be at the Knights of Columbus (312 E Pine St), and “It’s time to make our presence known to assist the Missoula area. SEMPER FI” Chri

Questions: Bill Drew (516) 782-5017, billsbug@gmail.com OR Chris (406) 493-9083, Spartans.honour@yahoo.com

Military and Family Readiness Coordinator

Ronald W. Barker, LCSW, MAC, SAP (406) 880-3275, ronbarker83@gmail.com

Veteran and State Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Master Addiction Counselor, Substance Abuse Professional

Mineral County ~ VSN Liaison

Monte - Veteran & Hagadone Montana Publishing (406) 370-4335, monteloie@montana.com

Missoula Ministerial Association (MMA) & Veteran Ministries

https://www.fccmissoula.org/ministry

Rev. Paul Armstrong is MMA Secretary, Montana State Chaplain to The Chapel of Four Chaplains (Trustee); American Legion District 5 & Post 27 Chaplain; and Fraternal Order of the Eagles Chaplain (Aerie #32). MMA meets at First Christian, a place for all people to learn about and love God! 2701 S. Russell, Missoula (406) 549-7221, office@fccmissoula.org

Questions: Rev Armstrong (406) 543-1810, revpearmy@aol.com

Montana Board of Veterans Affairs

Board Appointed by the Governor who’s mission is to promote the general welfare of Montana Veterans and their families; Manage Montana state Veteran cemeteries and advise gov't agencies / elected officials on Veteran services, programs, initiatives and policy.

Questions: Gary Swartz (COL, US Army - Retired), Member - Montana Board of Veterans Affairs, (406) 544-3823, ghswartz214@gmail.com

Montana DPHHS ~ Faith and Community Services Program

https://dphhs.mt.gov/faithandcommunity/

Spiritual, financial, emotional, physical, social, occupational, environmental, and intellectual support.

HHS Partnerships: https://www.hhs.gov/about/agencies/iea/partnerships/about-the-partnership-center/index.html

Questions: Tracy Moseman (406) 202-9465, tracy.moseman@mt.gov

Montana Repertory Theatre ~ UM College of the Arts & Media

https://montanarep.com/

PARTV 101, 32 Campus Dr., Missoula

“ReEntry” will be showing April 2022. ReEntry is a docudrama drawn from over 100 interviews with US service members and their families.

Questions: Michael Legg - Artistic Director (406) 243-5288, Michael.Legg@mso.umt.edu

OR Montana Repertory Theatre (406) 243-6809, MontanaRep.org

Montana Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife

http://www.mt-sfw.org/

Mission to preserve, protect and enhance Montana's hunting, fishing and trapping rights while protecting Montana's rural heritage.

Questions: JR – USAF Veteran (406) 546-9873, jrstrand1@gmail.com OR MTSFW, sfwmontana@gmail.com

Montana’s Superior Resort, R Bar ~ Superior

https://www.facebook.com/mtsuperiorresort/

Any veteran needing to getaway for a free night we have room for camping, R Bar & river access - Contact: Jason Maxwell (USMC Veteran) Owner (307) 670-0227

Montana Veterans Association (MVA)

https://www.facebook.com/MontanaVeteransAssociation/

MVA is a non-partisan organization that advocates for the freedom, security and prosperity with Montana Veterans 

Questions: Samuel Redfern (406) 218-1696, sam@mtmva.org 

Montana Vet Program (MVP)

https://www.eaglemount.net/mt-vet-program/

We take Veterans into the back country!

Contact: Michael Elliott – USMC Veteran & Team Leader (406) 454-1449, Fox250311@yahoo.com

Montana Warriors on the Water

“We take Veterans on fishing and hunting trips" (Missoula & Ravalli Counties)!

Contact: Colin, (315) 405-2020, cmarcoux7199@gmail.com

NAMI Connection Support Groups

https://namimissoula.org/about-us/

For adults living with a mental health condition. These groups offer respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.

Questions: NAMI Missoula (406) 880-1013, namimissoula@gmail.com

National Park Service

Navy SEAL Foundation

https://www.navysealfoundation.org/

The NSF provides critical support for the warriors, veterans, and families of Naval Special Warfare (NSW).

Questions: (757) 363-7490, info@navysealfoundation.org

Operation Veteran Strong

https://www.operationveteranstrong.org/

Questions: Veteran Coalition of NW MT, (406) 407-8423, info@vcnwm.com

Or, Jim Higgins (Brig Gen Retired), (406) 291-0356, higginsjw.1@gmail.com

​Patriot Guard Riders of Montana

pgom.org

The Patriot Guard of Montana is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.

State Captain: Lewis Wendt, statecaptain@pgom.org

Contact (Western District): Jeff “Jeffrow” McClanahan, (406) 239-0982, jsmcclanahan@gmail.com

PGA America ~ PGA HOPE

https://www.pga.com/things-to-do/events/pga-hope-missoula-mt

We introduce golf to Veterans at no cost to them - taught by PGA Professionals. All Veteran Class open to all eras and all branches of Service; No disability rating required, however, if a Veteran has a unique ability, we can accommodate him/her. No equipment or prior golf history required.

Questions: Brandy (704) 578-8289, bcain@pgahq.com

OR PGA HOPE Lead Instructor (Missoula Country Club), Chris Nowlen, cnowlen@pga.com

Philipsburg Theatre

philipsburgtheatre.org

Offers discounts for Veterans

Questions: (406) 859-0013, philipsburgtheatretech@gmail.com

​Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. ~ Wise River

https://projecthealingwaters.org/freedomranchforheroes/

Freedom Ranch For Heroes hosts military heroes who have served our country, as well as young heroes who are fighting disease.

Questions: (866) 251-7252, info@projecthealingwaters.org

Or, Rachel, Freedom Ranch for Heroes, Trip Host: (406) 925-1104, rachel.stepan@projecthealingwaters.org

*** NEW Chapter in the Bitterroot ~  teaching fly tying. Participant Registration Form (Select Rocky Mountain Northwest and then Hamilton): https://www.tfaforms.com/4653180

Questions: Scott Roberts, (406) 880-1149, scott.roberts@projecthealingwaters.org


Quilts of Valor

https://www.qovf.org/

Cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Thousands of quilters all over the US work daily to create quilts to cover warriors from all conflicts. REQUEST FORM: https://www.qovf.org/request-qov/request-qov-form/

Questions: Quilts of Valor® Foundation, info@QOVF.org

RallyPoint ~ Military Social Network

https://www.rallypoint.com/

Current and former members of the US military gather to discuss military life, share information, and exchange stories.

Montana VSP on the VetXL Q&A - RallyPoint: https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/montana-veterans-do-you-have-benefits-questions-need-peer-support-ask-your-question-now

Questions: info@rallypoint.com

​REAch Program ~ Post 9/11 Combat Transition

https://reainc.org/toolbox-sign-up/

WWII Veteran and former POW Clarence Robert “Bud” Shepherd created the REAch program to assist Post-9/11 combat wounded with the Veteran Toolbox Program.

Questions: (877) 570-2975 or (336) 227-0000, reach@reainc.org

REBOOT Combat Recovery ~ Become a REBOOT ALLY!

https://rebootrecovery.com/howtohelp

REBOOT ALLIES are on the front lines of our mission, responding to the needs of veterans and first responders in their own communities.

Questions: Buddy Hanrahan, REBOOT Montana Leader, (406) 438-6319, buddy@reboot-mt.com

​“Silent Warriors: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific” (Novel for Naval History Buffs):

Historical fiction centered around a WWII submarine, USS Orca, her skipper, Lt. Cdr. Jake Lawlor, and her crew of grizzled regulars and raw recruits.

Pacific campaign, 1941 through to final victory in 1945, as it follows Orca through eleven war patrols.  

www.genemasters.net

Questions: Author, Gene Masters, masterseugene@gmail.com

Special Forces Association (SFA)  Chapter 28 Montana ~ Huson

http://www.sfa28.org/

Members and Sponsors serve through education, training, and support for all members of Army Special Forces.
Officers: Bill Woon, President, C (406) 461-7485, bwoon1325@bresnan.net

Questions: Montana Special Forces Association Chapter 28, sfaxxviii@gmail.com

OR Bob Brugh - Army Colonel (Retired), Treasurer, Special Forces Association “Devils Brigade” Chapter, 25685 Nine Mile Rd, Huson (406) 626.4687, Cell 240.7368, rgb@montana.com

Switchback Records

https://www.facebook.com/switchbackrcrds

We don't have any student veterans involved with our team ~ Contact us to get involved & support local music and students in Missoula! We plan to host over 20 shows between the VFW, the UM Flat, etc.

Questions: Jack Person – Advisory Intern, jackperson19@gmail.com

Team Fastrax

http://www.teamfastrax.com

Professional Parachute Demonstration Team ~ We are America's Skydiving Team

Questions: (513) 422-5867, info@teamfastrax.org

​​Team Red, White & Blue (RWB)

JOIN - it's FREE: teamrwb.org/join/

Team Rubicon

http://www.teamrubiconusa.org/

Team Rubicon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military Veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. TR also offers in person and remote trainings, local service projects, professional / personal development opportunities, fire and flood mitigation work, disaster preparedness, and the occasional social to build camaraderie with other like minded individuals.

TR is collecting the availability of Greyshirts to create an Assignable Reserve of Greyshirts willing to deploy on operations in their local area.

THERE ARE 2 STEPS - In order to be good to go, WE NEED YOU TO DO BOTH:
1. Add the types of deployment opportunities you would be willing to serve in: https://rollcall.teamrubiconusa.org/profile/deployment-preferences/ (Add each capability one by one. Be patient & thorough)

2. Add the dates you are available to serve: https://rollcall-events.teamrubiconusa.org/resourceavailability [rollcall-events.teamrubiconusa.org]

Once you're done, standby for us to notify you about specific opportunities to deploy.  

Questions: Anne Marie Scott, TR Region VIII Admin (406) 381-9383, anne.scott@teamrubiconusa.org

OR Mahlon "Paul" Manson (406) 544-2965, mpmanson@blackfoot.net

Rick serves in Utah, Idaho, Montana, and the Dakota's. "We are always looking to connect and collaborate with our state Veteran programs. I was in the Navy, Army, and Army National Guard before retiring in 2015." Rick Sego - Associate, Operations (515) 745-2577, richard.sego@teamrubiconusa.org

Three Rangers Foundation

https://www.threerangersfoundation.org/

The Foundation directly supports active duty and former Rangers, their families, and Ranger Gold Star Families from the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment.

2020 VIRTUAL MOG MILE WOD https://www.threerangersfoundation.org/virtual-mog-mile

Contacts: Vanessa & Steve Berry, berry_vanessa@ymail.com or steven.l.berry52@gmail.com

​​Together We Served (TWS)

https://www.togetherweserved.com/

Online community connecting and honoring every American who has worn the uniform of the United States military.

Questions: 1-888-398-3262, admin@togetherweserved.com

Ultra Cell Full Spectrum ~ Patriot Program

A representative in Missoula would like to donate product to Veteran nonprofits for their new Patriot Program.

Patriot Program Video: https://www.facebook.com/zilisllc/videos/1215742545248426/

Contact: Will Stebbins, (406) 240-2813, stebbins66@hotmail.com

Underwater Soldiers

https://www.underwatersoldiers.org/

Join other Veterans on a new adventure while experiencing comradery, excitement, and healing while having some fun. Come experience the Mental and Physical benefits that SCUBA diving can offer. FREE and open to all Veterans, every other week at Flathead Scuba, 203 Business Center Loop, Ste A, Kalispell.

Questions: Charles Williams (406) 260-1526, info@underwatersoldiers.org

Upper Canyon Outfitters ~ Alder, MT

https://ucomontana.com/

6 Tate's Upper Canyon Loop, Alder

Located in the heart of the Upper Ruby Valley, at the foot of the Greenhorn, Gravelly and Snowcrest Mountains. Also known as the “Tate Ranch” which was homesteaded by our Grandparents Peck and Mary Tate in 1910. We offer guided / unguided hunting (Elk, mule deer, whitetail, and antelope), fly fishing trips, horseback riding, hiking / history tours, or a summer vacation at a premier guest ranch in Southwest Montana.

Questions: Jake and Donna McDonald, Owners, (406) 842-5884, ucomontana@gmail.com

U.S. Military Campgrounds & RV Parks

https://www.militarycampgrounds.us/

Use of MWR facilities (includes campgrounds) is primarily for Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retired Military, 0-100% DAV, Purple Heart Recipients, Former POW, Veteran Caregivers, and DoD civilians.  

Questions: Larry Farquhar, U.S. Air Force Veteran, Larryf@militarycampgrounds.us

US Senators (Montana) ~ Veterans Casework Liaisons

  • Senator Daines: Sharon encourages all Veterans to contact her w/ issues as that’s how Senator Daines initiates a lot of legislation to help Veterans! Sharon Parks-Banda, Veterans Casework Liaison - Missoula (406) 549-8198, Sharon_Parks-Banda@daines.senate.gov

  • Senator Tester: Kate Hahn - Veterans Liaison, 130 West Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, 406-728-3003, Kate­_Hahn@tester.senate.gov

US VET Connect Inc.

https://www.usvetconnect.com/

Veterans Outdoors Resource Hub ~ outdoor adventures and service dog providers all over the United States!

Questions: Theresa Walters – CEO / Founder & Navy Vet, info@usvetconnect.com

Valor Worldwide  

https://www.ourmilitary.com/

The trusted resource for military families, providing direct access to information procured specifically for active-duty military, retirees, veterans and their families.

Questions: (253) 503-7308, info@valorworldwide.com

​VA National Cemetery Administration (NCA) ~ Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM)

https://www.vlm.cem.va.gov/

VLM is an online memorial space managed by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) ~ Manages more than 140 national cemeteries as shrine spaces to honor our Nation's Veterans. 3.7 million Veterans are interred in those cemeteries to this digital memorial space by providing a VLM profile page for each Veteran.

Questions: Danny Devine, VA NCA Office of Engagement and Memorial Innovations, daniel.devine@va.gov

VA Veteran's Canteen Service (VCS)

https://www.vacanteen.va.gov/ [vacanteen.va.gov]

Online shopping site: https://shopvcs.va.gov/

Questions: (800) 664-8258, vcs.canteen@va.gov

VA Veterans Experience Office

https://www.va.gov/ve/index.asp

National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) “PsychArmor school, Communities Serving Veterans."

https://psycharmor.org/courses-for-communities-serving-veterans/

Western US Rep:

Bob (360) 568-4592, robert.mortenson@va.gov

VET2VET

PTS Outreach ~ 24 hour hotline open for Veterans and military personnel.

Vet2Vet groups may be arranged by visiting the CBOC outpatient desk, 2687 Palmer St., Missoula (406) 829-5400 OR Patient Advocate 406-493-3800 or 493-3784.

If you are a Veteran or you know someone who has trouble with memories and experiences of war, please call 1-877-VET-2-VET (1-877-838-2838).

Veteran Art Connection ~ Share YOUR Art!

veteranartconnection.com

‘Art as therapy’ is a focus not on the disability, but on each Veteran’s possibility and potential. The veteran artist receives 50% of the proceeds of each sale. Your purchase will make a difference in the life of someone who gave their all for our country.

Questions: https://veteranartconnection.com/contact/

Veterans Breakfast Club

http://www.veteransbreakfastclub.org/

VBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to create communities of listening around Veterans and their stories to connect, educate, heal, and inspire. Veterans and active duty members from all branches of service and eras are encouraged to attend our events. These events run the gamut of the Veteran experience, from WWII to the War on Terror (Zoom meetings every Monday at 5pm MST).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veteransbreakfastclub

Questions: Shaun Hall - Director of Programming, Veterans Breakfast Club (412) 623-9029, shaun@veteransbreakfastclub.org

Or ellie@veteransbreakfastclub.com

Veterans Canteen Service (VCS)

ShopVCS.com

VCS is proud to offer Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare, their families and VA employees exclusive online shopping

Questions, “Submit a request”: https://support.shopvcs.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana (VCNWM)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7266, Kalispell, MT 59904

(406) 407-8423, info@vcnwm.com

www.vcnwm.org
Board Meetings (First Tuesday of Every Month): Bigfork VFW Post 4042, 8098 MT Hwy 35, Bigfork, 1 – 3pm

 ****** Members of the coalition have been actively providing Veteran Specific QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training. If you have an organization or group who would like to get this valuable FREE suicide prevention training, please email request to: info@vcnwm.com

Questions: Nan Wise (Spouse of Veteran), Executive Assistant, (406) 407-2153, nan@vcnwm.com
Or, Jim Higgins (Veteran), (406) 291-0356, higginsjw.1@gmail.com

Veterans Community Response (VCR)

https://www.vetcomres.org/

Non-profit organization composed of firefighters, Veterans and therapists working diligently to support combat Veterans in their post war readjustment process.

Contact: (509) 730-9413, vetcomres@gmail.com

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

JOIN: https://www.vfw.org/join​​

****** 3-Volley Salute VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Military Funerals ******

Active-duty military and Veterans with an honorable discharge are rendered last honors when they die. In Missoula, the local VFW Post 209 Honor Guard does the three-volley salute; however, you do NOT have to be a member of the VFW to be on the Honor Guard and you can pick which funerals fit your schedule. Providing the three-volley salute is an all-volunteer effort; however, the VFW Post 209 will provide the M1 rifles, blanks, white dicky, patches, name tag, Garrison hat, white web belt / gloves, and jacket for winter months (You only need to have blue slacks, white shirt, and black shoes). Please help us honor fellow Veterans, service members, and their families. Contact Susan (719) 661-4037, bluemountain@montana.com

  • Dillon ~ Bill Carroll VFW Post 9040, 400 Center Creek Rd (In care of Ralph McOsker, PO Box 4, Dillon 59725); Jodie Jolly (406) 925-3563, "She is an amazing resource for the Dillon area"

  • Libby ~ VFW Post 1548, 114 W. 2nd St. (406) 293-7316, w.huffman@vfw.org; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/libbymtvfw

  • Missoula ~ Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St.: vfwpost209.org; Our VFW has Free Wifi! Commander: Anton Johnson - member meetings 2nd Wednesday of Every Month, and we invite you to reach out and connect with us whether you are looking to contact us for Veteran related questions, to book our catering, inquire about our music venue, or our bar and canteen, we are here to help! (406) 728-7749, vfw209mt@gmail.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OleBeckVFWPost209

  • Philipsburg VFW Post 8292, 14 Maxville Rd “Honoring Veterans, welcoming one and all.” https://www.facebook.com/VFWPOST8292 (406) 859-3657, maxvillevfw8292@gmail.com

  • Plains ~ VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, Montana (406) 826-5960; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vfwpost3596

  • Ronan ~ Bill Warren VFW Post 5652, 35981 Round Butte Rd, (406) 676-5652 or Glen Sharbono, veteranshonorguardronanpolson@gmail.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RonanVFW5652/

  • Superior ~ Lloyd Ridings Post 6238, Meetings 3rd Wednesday (7pm) 201 River St. (406) 595-1191 or (406) 822-4650, or Jim DeBree (406) 360-9046, james54debree@gmail.com

Montana District 1 of VFW on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MTDistrict1

Veteran History & Arts Initiative

920 Technology Ave., Bozeman

Doc is working to preserve Veteran History through Art by capturing the stories of Montana Veterans of all ages and eras.

Questions: VHAI@montana.edu

Contact: Marcus “Doc” Cravens, US Navy Veteran and Director of the Initiative at MSU (406) 579-2154, marcus.cravens@montana.edu


Veterans History Project (VHP)

http://www.loc.gov/vets/

Or, http://www.daines.senate.gov/serving-you/for-veterans

American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to help collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of Montana's wartime veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Questions: Robin Baker, Project Coordinator (406-453-0148 x11, robin_baker@daines.senate.gov)

Or, Denny Lenoir, Director of Veteran & Military Affairs, US Senator Steve Daines, Montana, 30 West 14th St., Suite 206, Helena, MT 59601, 406-443-3189, Denny_Lenoir@daines.senate.gov

Veterans Honor Guard ~ Polson / Ronan Area

https://www.facebook.com/VeteransHonorGuard/

We are Veterans from every branch with the mission to provide Military Honors for Active Duty, Reserve or Veteran Funerals in our area without charge. We perform final and full Military Honor Funeral Services.

Contact: Glen Sharbono, veteranshonorguardronanpolson@gmail.com

Veterans Legacy Program ~ National Cemetery Administration

Through a competitive selection process, teachers from around the country joined the program, researching "fallen heroes" from their hometown and creating lesson plans about them. These teachers also had the opportunity to visit the gravesite of their fallen hero and give a eulogy of them.

NCA – Veterans Legacy Program: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/legacy/  

NCA – History Program: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/history/

Fallen Heroes: https://www.abmceducation.org/understandingsacrifice/soldier

National History Day: https://www.nhd.org/

Questions: Bob Mortenson, Veterans Experience Office (VACO), Veterans, Family and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs, (360) 568-4592, robert.mortenson@va.gov

Veteran News Network: Television for Veterans, by Veterans

While the Veteran News Network has not yet been rolled out to all VA facilities, it is accessible to everyone 24/7 at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA3X-ZxMTfg

​VET TIX

https://www.vettix.org/

The Veteran Tickets Foundation provides free and discounted event tickets (with a nominal delivery fee) to Veterans, active-duty military, their families, and immediate family survivors. There’s also:

Tickets For Troops https://www.VetTix.org
Hero's Wish https://www.VetTix.org/wish.php

Questions - Message VET TIX on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/VetTix/

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) ~ Bitterroot Chapter 938

Veterans Helping Veterans! They welcome new members to join them on Friday mornings for breakfast (BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N 1st St, Hamilton, 7 – 8:30am). Or come to their monthly member meeting to join: First Wednesday of Every Month (Except Sept) at Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm. Learn more about the Vietnam Veterans of America - Montana: https://www.vvamontana.org/ (National: https://vva.org/)
Questions: Al Sperry – VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 (406) 381-7899, vva938@gmail.com; President Bill Beckman 381-4842 (PO Box 1391, Hamilton 59840); VP Walt Briggs 728-9155; Secretary Monica Ephrom 381-5587; Chaplain Brian Wrede 369-5813

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

https://www.vvmf.org/

1235 S Clark St, Suite 910, Arlington, Virginia

VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that founded The Wall in Washington, D.C. in 1982.

Contact: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, (202) 393-0090, vvmf@vvmf.org

Virtual Hope Box

Overview: http://www.vaat.pitt.edu/index.php/device-review/ecd-category/56-virtual-hope-box-application

Virtual Hope Box is a multi-media coping skill app designed for individuals struggling with depression (particularly military service members).

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.t2.vhb&hl=en

APP Store preview: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/virtual-hope-box/id825099621

Warfighter Scuba

www.warfighterscuba.org

Nonprofit organization that offers scuba diving to Veterans that have been wounded in combat.

APPLICATION: https://www.warfighterscuba.org/become-a-warfighter-diver/

Questions: (602) 399-7243, info@warfighterscuba.org

Or, toll free 1-833-838-3483

Warrior Expeditions

https://warriorexpeditions.org/

Veterans can hike, bike, paddle across America! VA Blog 6/8/21: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/89725/veterans-can-hike-bike-paddle-across-america-help-warrior-expeditions/

Questions: info@warriorhike.org

Warriors & Quiet Waters ~ Bozeman

https://warriorsandquietwaters.org/

Through the experience of fly fishing in Montana, Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation is a catalyst for positive change in the lives of post-9/11 combat Veterans.

Contact: WQW, 351 Evergreen Drive, Suite A, Bozeman, MT 59715, (406) 585-9793, info@warriorsandquietwaters.org

Welcome Home, Inc. ~ Polson

https://welcomehomevet.net/

Here to assist Veterans, their families, and Gold Star Families. Jeannie’s family is a Gold Star Family ~ they lost their youngest son at the age of 25, US Army Special Ops (SGT Crew Chief), 160th Night Stalker.

Contact: Jeannie Butler, Welcome Home, Inc., (406) 890-1405, jeanniebutleremail@gmail.com

Western Montana Military Officer’s Association

http://www.wmmoa.org

Women Veterans Luncheon ~ Missoula

First Wednesday of every month at Jaker’s (11:30 am) – RSVP: Katie (505) 315-7025, katiehglenn@gmail.com

*** See additional women Veteran resources below ***

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)

https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/wwp-registration

We have 2 Support Groups in this area: Our In-Person Peer Support Group is the first Wednesday of every month. We can register people on site if need be. To qualify - 10% Service Connection & Post 9/11. Women of the West Virtual Peer Support Group - 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7pm MST.

Questions: Tina N. Waggener - Peer Support Group Leader & US Army Veteran (406) 471-2820, tina.waggener@gmail.com

Wreaths Across America (WAA)

ttps://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

Did you know that 10 balsam bouquets make up each Veteran’s wreath, and each one has a meaning? 1. BELIEF in a greater good 2. LOVE for each other 3. STRENGTH, work ethic, and character 4. HONESTY & integrity 5. HUMILITY, selflessness & modesty 6. AMBITIONS & aspirations 7. OPTIMISM for America 8. CONCERN for the future 9. PRIDE in duties 10. HOPES & DREAMS that didn’t always come true, but left them with no regrets. National Wreaths Across America is in December ~ Remember, Honor and Teach by coordinating a wreath-laying ceremony!

Questions: Captain James W. Meixner - Civil Air Patrol (406) 550-2171, jim.meixner@mtwg.cap.gov

 

Veteran Networking, Recreation & Support Continued...

Whitetail Ranch Center, Women Veterans, XSports4Vets, and Yellow Ribbon Events:


Whitetail Ranch Center ~ Three Forks

https://whitetailranchcenter.org/

WRC’s mission is to empower Veterans to “lead independent, productive, and healthy lives.”

The ranch will be open in 2020 and will include an intense, 6 months – 2 year program (free) of “pathways” and “added value projects” (culinary training, equine-assisted therapy, growing squash / melons / berries) to learn vocational skills. WRC will be able to assist Veteran entrepreneurs with business plans, setting up SBA loans, etc.

Questions: Julie M. Tudor, ED.D., CEO/Co-Founder, Whitetail Ranch Center (WRC), 123 Main St. #2, Three Forks, (406) 404-7300, julie@whitetailranchcenter.org

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WOMEN VETERANS

https://www.va.gov/womenvet/

*** American Women Veterans ~ National and overseas chapters providing outreach, professional development, events, and programs for women Veterans: http://americanwomenveterans.org/home/

*** Service Women’s Action Network ~ A member-driven network supporting, connecting, and advocating for the service women's needs--past, present and future--to succeed in and out of the uniform: https://www.servicewomen.org/

*** Women Military Aviators ~ Educates and promotes the legacy and future of women pilots, navigators, and aircrew. Their Women in Aviation conference brings together over 400 members each year: https://www.womenmilitaryaviators.com/

*** Women Veteran Alliance ~ Online and in-person networking groups for mentorship, resources, and career opportunities and directory of women Veteran-owned businesses, community events, and conferences: https://www.womenveteransalliance.org/

*** Women Veterans Interactive ~ Providing “advocacy, empowerment, interaction, outreach, and unification” for women Veterans. With national chapters and events, find your community and learn more about how to transition from the military to civilian life: http://womenveteransinteractive.org/

*** Women Veterans Network ~ A national social network of women Veterans to foster connections and build relationships in local communities and across the nation: https://www.wovenwomenvets.org/

*** Women Veterans ROCK! ~ A coalition supporting women Veterans and military families in housing, employment, education, financial stability, and health and wellness so they can excel in their post-military/civilian lives: https://womenvetsrock.org/

*** Women Vets USA ~ A resource hub for hundreds of non-profits and organizations for women Veterans: https://womenvetsusa.org/benefits-services/organizations/women-veterans.php

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Xsports4Vets ~ Extreme Sports for Veterans

http://xsports4vets.org/

Group of current conflict Veterans that strive to help other combat Veterans

experience the benefits of extreme sports & getting out to meet like-minded people.

Contact: Anton (406) 396-8390

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