The American Legion of Montana
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The 3rd Annual Heroes @ Home BBQ & Music Festival is June 4th, NOON – 4PM
Please share the attached flyer with Veterans, service members, their families and EVERYONE who supports them!
o AARP; ALEPH (Winds of Change / Jennings Management); Animal Human Connection; Bitterroot & Missoula Job Service; Black Dog Tactical; Cabela’s; Camp Patriot; Consumer Direct; Costco; doTERRA Essential Oils; Edgewood Vista Memory Care; Fish On! MT; Gunter Consulting Services; Heavy Equipment College of America; Job Corps (Management & Training Corp; The Learning Center at Red Willow (Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program-HTOP); Lowe’s; Military Order of the Purple Heart (w/Montana Wounded Warriors); Missoula Aging Services; Missoula College Workforce Navigator (RevUp Montana and Healthcare Transformation Specialist); Missoula Housing Authority; Missoula Veterans Court; MTNG Family Assistance Center (FAC); Montana Supporting Soldiers; Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy; PEAK Health & Wellness; Poverello (Housing Montana Heroes) / Valor House; Rocky Mountain Hospice; Rocky Mountain School of Photography; Selway Armory; South West Montana Team Red White & Blue; Team Rubicon; THRIVENT Financial; UM VETS Office; United States of Hope (USOH); VA HUD/VASH; Vet2Vet; VFW Auxiliary; Volunteers of America; XSports4Vets. (Awaiting confirmation from Troops to Teachers)
~ Thank you ALL for your participation and support! ~
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Also attached ~ Updated Veteran Support Network map with recommendations from JCF Missoula.
FYI, Missoula Food Bank’s new location will be 207 N. Catlin; however, they said they won’t be at that location for at least 12 months.
Please remember to take a moment to remember and honor our fallen brothers and sisters this Memorial Day. If you’re going to be in Missoula this weekend, please feel free to join the Memorial Day Procession below.
Thank you, Shannon Noble, MJS DVOP and Outreach Specialist for Joining Community Forces – Missoula Region (Follow us on Facebook ~ We post events, services, and resources available for Veterans, service members and their families in the Missoula Region).
89th Annual Memorial Day Procession
Monday, May 30, 2016
Sponsored by United Veteran’s Council of Missoula and Ravalli Counties
Due to the age of honor and color guards and the number of veteran monuments they visit on Memorial Day Monday, this year the United Veterans Council will NOT have formal ceremonies and keynote speakers as years past. The charter bus is provided by Beach Transportation for the honor and color guards and ceremony participants, but the general public can follow the charter bus from veteran monument to veteran monument.
NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO SPECIFIC TIMES EXCEPT AT THE START OF THE PROCESSION. THE PROCESSION STARTS AT VFW HEADQUARTERS AT 245 W. MAIN STREET IN MISSOULA at 9:15 a.m. HONOR AND COLOR GUARDS BOARD THE CHARTER BUS. General public follows charter bus in own vehicles.
At each stop, honor and color guards and other procession participants will walk up to each veteran monument or overlook. Wreaths and flowers will be placed at each location. The Star Spangled Banner will be sung and the Pledge of Allegiance will be said. A prayer will be spoken by the procession chaplain at the base of each monument or overlook. The VFW Post 209 Honor Guard will perform the 3-volley shooting of rifles (commonly known as a 21-gun salute), and the procession will walk slowly back to the charter bus in formation.
Caras Park Memorial
(Toss of wreath into Clark Fork River)
Missoula County Courthouse Ceremony
(Placement of flowers and wreaths at base of Doughboy Statue)
Fort Missoula Military Cemetery
(Placement of wreath at grave of Veteran Ole Beck)
Western Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery
(Placement of wreaths and flowers at base of flag poles and rock monument)
Sunset Memorial – lunch and break
(Retirement of flag and placement of wreath and flowers at base of Veteran monument)
Missoula City Cemetery – veteran memorial
(Placement of wreath and flowers at base of Veteran monument)
St. Mary’s Annex Cemetery
(Placement of wreath and flowers at base of St. Mary monument)
St. Mary’s Cemetery – veteran memorial
(Placement of wreath and flowers at base of Veteran monument)
Rose Memorial Garden Park
(Placement of wreaths at each monument in park)
University of Montana Iraq-Afghanistan “Fallen Soldier Memorial”
(Placement of wreaths and flowers at base of Veteran monument)
Special thanks to Beach Transportation for providing the charter bus, fuel and bus driver and to Benson’s Farm for providing the baskets of red, white and blue flowers. All wreaths were made by members of the United Veterans Council of Missoula and Ravalli Counties.
(Updated May 12, 2016) Action on this issue has moved to the Senate after the House of Representatives disappointingly failed to include the full repeal in this year's FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senate Armed Services Committee is now considering their version of the NDAA and we are doubling down on our efforts to get this included in the final bill. Please contact your Members of Congress requesting their cosponsorship and support for the full repeal of this unfair penalty on this nation’s disabled veterans.
(March 24, 2016) Veterans provide the backbone of liberty for our nation. Our gratitude for their sacrifice is immense. The freedom we enjoy today is a direct result of their sacrifices. The retirement benefits that military retirees receive are but a small portion of the debt this nation owes them. VA service-connected disability compensation is another.
But for more than 100 years before 1999, all disabled military retirees were required to fund their own veterans' disability compensation by forfeiting one dollar of earned retired pay for each dollar received in veterans' disability compensation. Since 1999, Congress has enacted legislation to progressively provide relief for this unfair offset between military retired pay and disability compensation. However, Congress has not yet provided all disabled military retirees this relief. This is patently unfair and The American Legion has long supported measures to correct this unfair situation.
The American Legion calls this unfair practice by the federal government the 'Disabled Veterans' Tax', and we adamantly oppose this unfair 'tax' on our wounded, injured, and ill retired veterans who suffered their disabilities because of their military service to this country.
This is why we support the Retired Pay Restoration Act, H.R. 303 in the U.S. House of Representatives and S. 271 in the Senate, in the current Congress.
You can help us by contacting your Members of Congress and asking them to co-sponsor these bills. The Senate is on recess . The House is on recess . We need veterans’ advocates around the country to take advantage of the opportunity to meet and call while they’re on recess working in their state or district.
The American Legion Family is also encouraged to use the TAL Action Center to contact their Senators and Representative to ask their cosponsorship and support for these proposals.
The American Legion will not rest until all of our retired, service-disabled warriors receive both of the benefits they earned due to their selfless sacrifice and duty to our nation.