About Us

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana shall be to honor and serve the needs of military Veterans and their families.


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Our Goal

Eradicate Veteran Suicide

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The Solution

The Coalition will work towards eliminating suicide by:

*Identifying risk factors

*Build partnerships in the community

 *Facilitating intervention by Veterans to help at-risk Veterans connect with community partners

*Coordinating and implementing suicide prevention trainings in the community specific to Veterans

*Motivating Veterans and the families of Veterans to participate in recreational, therapeutic, and economic activities in order to facilitate the healing process

*Advocate for the Veteran

Our Partners

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Programs

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Programs will include, but not be limited to:

· Providing veterans and their families with information about benefits and referrals to the Veterans Administration.

·  Working in partnership with organizations in identifying at-risk veterans, specifically regarding suicide and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). The objective is to end veteran suicides in Montana and nationwide.

The Coalition will work towards eliminating suicide by:

· Identifying risk factors

· Facilitating intervention and assistance by veterans to help at-risk veterans connect with community partners

· Coordinating and implementing suicide prevention trainings in the community specific to Veterans

·  Motivating veterans and the families of veterans to participate in recreational, therapeutic, and economic activities in order to facilitate the healing process

Veterans For Veterans

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A vet is best understood by another vet. We are brothers and sisters that served and fought for a cause. That cause is liberty. It is America! There has never been a nation like this. As vets we must serve those that served and fight for those that fought. We must stand with military families for they have paid a very dear price. They too must be shown the respect and appreciation they deserve. They earned it many times over.

Only a small percent of mankind is able to call themselves Americans. Only a small portion of Americans have served to protect them. We must, and we will stand with them. This is the land where Old Glory waves and the eagle soars. This is where freedom’s bell rings out and Lady Liberty holds her torch so high. Yes, this America is an incredible gift from God. It is protected by those who serve. We will stand with them. That is the mission of the Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana.

by Keith Ballard, Green Beret, Vietnam Vet

Veterans Helping Veterans

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FACE TO FACE

To look deeply into another vet to discover their needs, desires, hopes, and potential.

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER

To not ever look down on another vet even to pull him up. To stand with him and beside him. We are unbreakable when we stand together.

BACK TO BACK

We look out for each other. Two warriors standing back to back in battle cannot be surprised by the enemy.

Announcement of Upcoming Events

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Veteran specific Suicide Prevention Training ~ Train the Trainer for QPR

March 12, 2019 8AM-5PM ~ Earl Bennett Building 1035 1st Avenue West, Conference room A/B, Kalispell, MT 

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Find out more

Board of Directors

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Mike Shepard, President (Veteran)

michaelshepard7@gmail.com

(406) 250-9806

Terry Baker, Vice President (Veteran)

terry@vcnwm.com

(406) 212-5840

Jarred Hickethier, Secretary (Veteran)

jarred@vcnwm.com

(406) 261-4388

Doug Gilbertson, Treasurer (Veteran)

pdgilbert1943@charter.net

(406) 253-3943

L.D. Gross, Director (Veteran)

birches@centurytel.net

(406) 837-6800

Mike Stone, Director (Veteran)

12cstoneman@gmail.com

(406) 260-1954

Jim Higgins, Director (Veteran)

higginsjw.1@gmail.com

(406) 291-0356

John Wise, 1st Alternate Director (Veteran)

johnhenrywise@yahoo.com

(720)-201-7978

Nan Wise, Executive Assistant (Spouse of Vet)

nan@vcnwm.com

(406) 407-2153

Tara Billsborough, Training Coordinator (Spouse of Vet)

info@vcnwm.com

(406) 407-8423 

Legislative Resources

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Coming Soon!

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Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, Join us in person!

We love our Veterans & our Community, 

so feel free to visit during normal business meetings.

Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana

P.O. Box 7266, Kalispell, Montana 59904, United States

(406) 407-8423 or (406) 407-2153

Board Meetings

 First Tuesday of Every Month

 Time: 1PM - 3PM

Location:

Bigfork VFW Post 4042

8098 MT Hwy 35

Bigfork, MT 59911