Montana Veterans Monument
Several years in the making, the Veterans Monument located at 101 Hieronymus Park Drive is under construction. Vietnam Veterans of America Bitterroot Chapter 938 has been hard at work collecting names and donations. Construction started 14 October 2010 and continues. Fund raising continues to complete the Monument.
The Veterans Monument, to honor all honorable discharged veterans’s service to our country, engraved are their names along with service, dates, rate and statement.
Blue Water Navy Veterans
BLUE WATER VIETNAM VETERANS OF MONTANA AND SURVIVING SPOUSES
WITH THE RECENT PASSING OF
PROCOPIO v. WILKE
MONTANA VETERANS AFFAIRS DIVISION IS ENCOURAGING ALL BLUE WATER VETERANS
AND THOSE SURVIVING SPOUSES TO APPLY FOR VA BENEFITS.
ALTHOUGH THE VA WILL NOT ADJUDICATE BLUE WATER CLAIMS
UNTIL JAN 1, 2020 WE WILL HELP YOU FILE YOUR CLAIM NOW.
IN JANUARY 2020 CLAIMS WILL BE ADJUDICATED IN THE ORDER RECEIVED.
CONTACT THE OFFICE NEAREST YOU:
GREAT FALLS 406-452-2265
MILES CITY 406-232-1203
EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN DENIED IN THE PAST YOU NEED TO REFILE NOW.
Honor and Remember Medallion
During the 2017 Legislative Session, Gov. Bullock signed into Montana state law the Honor and Remember Act, which authorizes the Honor and Remember Medallion (HRM) for family members of servicemen or women who have passed in the service of their country while engaged against hostile military forces. The Medallion – its appearance and presentation criteria – is based upon the Department of Defense and U.S. Congress’ determination of the Gold Star Family standard, and as adopted by Montana state statute. As such, specific family relationships are authorized the Honor and Remember Medallion – as designated on its application form. The Medallion’s presentation criteria honors previously relevant state laws that allowed for a Medallion, at no charge, for one family member; as well as, the recently passed legislation which expands the Medallion’s availability to all authorized family members (per Gold Star Family standards). Expanding the availability was the right thing to do, but it also significantly increased the cost of the program; therefore, there is a cost of $20 for any additional family member to receive the Medallion. While there was apprehension to include a fee, it was necessary for the greater good of the Honor and Remember Medallion program in that it could be, long-term, as financially self-sustaining as possible. While the $20 does not cover all the costs of the Medallion, its presentation case, the engraving and other expenses; it does – as augmented by donations – ensure its perpetual availability. Please visit the Montana Veterans Affairs Division website at mt.gov to obtain the application and instructions.
Veterans Stand Down
The Veterans Stand Down will also be taking place here in Billings on September 19th.
Over 30 service providers will be present, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, and veterans that attend will get a free catered lunch.
Free Yoga Classes for Veterans and Spouses
Warriors At Ease is offering free yoga classes for veterans and their spouses sponsored by Limber Tree Studios.
EVERY THURSDAY @7:30 PM
212 N 29th St
Billings, MT 59101
EVERY FRIDAY @ 3:30
27 Shiloh Road #7
Billings, MT 59102
Classes will start May 24th on the West End.
For info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
VA Mission Act Implemenation Date is June 6, 2019
VA’s improvements to Veteran community care under MISSION Act on track for June 6 implementation
As the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s signing of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 approaches on June 6, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making significant strides in implementing major improvements to community care for Veterans.
“The Veteran is at the center of everything we do,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said. “Through the MISSION Act, Veterans will have more choices than ever in getting timely, high-quality care. Most important, Veterans will be able to decide what is important and best for them.”
The MISSION Act will strengthen VA’s health care system by improving both aspects of care delivery and empowering Veterans to find the balance in the system that is right for them.
For full press release click here.
For more information click here.