Montana had the highest suicide rate in the country. Then budget cuts hit.
Suicide has been a persistent problem in Montana — and it’s getting worse. Now, some who have lost loved ones are mobilizing to stop the deaths.

Military OneSource launched a new education resource this summer called iWebs. These interactive webinars are a perfect solutions for those looking to improve their mental health and hone their resilience skills from the convenience of a device/computer. The schedule for the next three months has been released (see attached flier). No registration required. Mark your calendar and connect using the link provided on the Military OneSource iWeb page (https://www.militaryonesource.mil/interactive-webinars).

Read the latest news about Whitetail Ranch Center.

Hello fellow Veterans and VSP Team members,
Please pass this to the Veterans in your lives. This is a great opportunity to go ride horses in a beautiful little corner of Southwest Montana. I worked with Upper Canyon Outfitters in my previous job and they are awesome. If you are interested, please contact Janna by texting or calling her at 406-239-3198. Thank you for what you do.

HUNTINGTON - The Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center will devise and pilot a new program to provide military veterans with agricultural training, aided by a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' Office of Rural Health.

"Agritherapy" is focused on providing a creative and productive outlet for, but not limited to, veterans with mental health issues - a focus of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture's West Virginia Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture program. The grant was awarded to the state Department of Agriculture in line with the Whole Health Initiative, a new outlook set on improving the full scope of a veteran's life through holistic approaches.

The Huntington facility will be one of...

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be a powerful tool to promote positive behavior changes. The treatment uses self-awareness and other strategies to help overcome negative habits and thought patterns.

Rural Innovations in Transportation, Telehealth and At-home Care. This issue of “The Rural Connection” focuses on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to provide innovative service delivery options for rural Veterans, particularly in the area of rural transportation.

When the Walls Come Down
Years after serving as a public affairs officer, Amber began to face panic attacks, depression, and more.
With the help of a therapist, she began to take action. They pinpointed her triggers, like loud noises or being stuck in traffic without any control over the situation. They built a plan for dealing with a panic attack. They began to address the ways in which war was still affecting her.

Armed to Farm Training
Armed to Farm Training

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training in Glendive, Montana. ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career. This training is limited to residents of the Intermountain and Northwestern states, including Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota.
ATF’s engaging blend of farm tours, hands-on experience, and interactive classroom instruction gives participants a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farm. Participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. In addition, attendees gain a network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

NCAT Sustainable Agriculture specialists will teach the training sessions. Additional contributors will include staff from USDA agencies, plus experienced crop and livestock producers.
Applications are available at: https://www.ncat.org/atf_MT/ and are due by August 24th, 2018.
This Armed to Farm will take place October 15-19th, 2018, in Glendive, Montana. Participants will attend classroom sessions at the Yellowstone River Inn. Several regional farms will provide hands-on learning experiences.

The event is free for those chosen to attend; lodging at the Inn, transportation to local farms, and most meals will be provided. Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from the event.

Armed to Farm is sponsored by NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program and a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Questions?
Please contact Tammy Howard at 406-494-8683 or tammyh@ncat.org.

We're celebrating the Donors, Volunteers and Veterans who contribute to and participate in making the mission a reality.
This event is open to the public!

You are invited to an exclusive reception
to see firsthand how your donations help change lives!

• Veteran Equine Demonstrations

• Local Emergency Services

• Meet the Equine Staff and Board

• Silent Auction

• Refreshments will be served

Saturday, August 4, 2018
11:00 to 2:00 pm
RSVP by Wednesday, July 25, 2018
(406) 245-4076
(406) 208-9774
aott@horsesspiritshealing.org
Intermountain Equestrian Center
7256 Hwy 3
Billings, MT 59106

You are invited! 5th Montana Joining Community Forces Service Provider Symposium. 2018 Provider Symposium: Community Provider Integration for Civilian Success!

Butte Rotary Club
Butte Rotary Club

Who: Butte Rotary Club in support of Xsports4vets and other community projects
What: Rink 2 Ridge fundraiser 5 and 1 mile run/walk
When: Saturday, July 21st. Flag ceremony by Southwest Montana United Veterans Council to honor all veterans at 7:40 AM. Run starts at 8 a
Where: Starts at High Altitude Skating Speed Skating Center, run to the tracks on Maud S Canyon Trail and return to the rink
Why: To raise money for Xsports4vets and other community projects. For more information visit www.montanarotary.org

How: Register at
https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=7c455089-a261-4712-8d66-e128795bbfc3

Down the line in Butte America with Xsports4vets
Highlands Expedition, July 21 through 22
Mountain Biking, August 4
Horsemanship, August 25
Snowboard/Ski, January TBA
X-ski/Snowshoe, February 9
Check www.Xsports4vets.org events for more information

Military Appreciation Night Rodeo Tickets Are Here!!!
Military Appreciation Night Rodeo Tickets Are Here!!!

Military Appreciation Night Rodeo Tickets Are Here!!!
The Helena 2018 Last Chance Stampede & Rodeo and Boeing are pleased to offer free rodeo tickets for Military Appreciation Night Thursday, July 26th at 7:30pm. To request tickets, email us at: milrodeotics@gmail.com

Please note:
- Tickets are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
- Military tickets are reserved for active duty Military members and Veterans, and their IMMEDIATE family members only.
- Tickets will be available for pick up TWO DAYS ONLY - Wednesday June 27th & Wednesday July 18th.
- Military ticket volunteers will be at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds ticket windows near the MAIN OFFICE between 5:30-7:30pm.

Tickets will not be delivered.
- If you are unable to pick up your tickets on the designated days, your reservation will be cancelled. Normal tickets will be offered at the Rodeo ticket booth at the full general admission price.
- If it is discovered that you are selling these free tickets, you will not be given tickets in the future.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Help make Military Appreciation Night better for all!
Each year there are many unclaimed Military tickets. This results in many donated tickets going unused, while other Service members are still on the waiting list. Please help us fix this problem! If you are unable to make arrangements to pick up your tickets on either of the two designated days, please be courteous: notify the Military ticket volunteers and ask to have your name removed from the ticket list. Due to past performance, you may be refused ticket reservations for this reason. If you have questions, please contact us atmilrodeotics@gmail.com. Due to the number of requests we receive, please do not call or text your requests.

We look forward to seeing you all there!!!

On behalf of the Montana JCF Symposium Planning Team, Brandy Keely, President of Montana JCF, is excited to announce the agenda and theme of this year's 5th Montana JCF Symposium. In collaboration with the Montana VA Health Care System, we will be focusing heavily on delivering a highly interactive and engaging transition simulation experience. This transition simulation is designed to put you in the shoes of a Service Member or Veteran that is transitioning out of the U.S. Armed Forces. You will be given a scenario in which you have to navigate resources and services in order to achieve the desired outcome. The objective here is to provide you with a first-hand experience and insight into the challenges Service Members and Veterans face during their transitional journey back into civilian life. In addition, we hope to be able to use the results of the simulation to identify potential gaps and ways to streamline and enhance access and delivery of services and resources. In addition to the Simulation, we will be hosting a couple of American Red Cross wellness modules and a networking mixer on the afternoon of Thursday, August 9th.

The Rocky Boy Veterans Center holds that “Veterans helping Veterans for a Better Future” is the basis for all action in serving and honoring Rocky Boy Veterans and Service Members.

OUR MISSION
The Rocky Boy Veterans Center is a one-stop-shop for Veterans seeking assistance ranging from VA enrollment and benefits to housing to business and employment assistance.

Our goals are to ensure Rocky Boy Veterans and Service Members receive the care and benefits they have earned through their service to this country and the Chippewa-Cree people; and to advance and develop the Rocky Boy Veteran community, ultimately furthering the advancement of the Chippewa-Cree people.

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Join Xsports4vets 2018 Butte Events this summer! Xsports4vets provides extreme sporting activities to combat veterans as an outlet for stress and excess energies, to the veterans who served during the Global War On Terrorism, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom eras. The events are free for the participants. We seek to provide safe coping mechanisms for stress. Another function of our events is to put the participants in contact with other veteran organizations they need to use to improve their quality of life; both during and after their military career.

One of my first experiences in witnessing the amazing dynamic that is possible in the interaction between horses and humans occurred at a maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado. It was here...

Whitetail Ranch Center's goal in 2019 is to provide awareness and exposure to Whitetail's vision. On May 3, 2018, ABC FOX Montana News shared Whitetail's vision. We are very grateful to Jackie Coffin taking an interest in our story.

Newswise — New York (March 7, 2018)—The ‘Man O’ War’ program, a research project that is studying the effectiveness of horse therapy for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), will be now fully managed by ...

Whitetail Ranch Center was featured in the Lewis and Clark Journal in March 2018.