Yellow Ribbon Community

Available in Carbon County? YES

What They Do: provide emergency, short-term assistance to veterans, service members, guard, reserves, and their families.

Contact: Warene Wall (406) 425-4021 or (406) 425-3429

Email: wwallassociates@aol.com

Services Offered: CSCYRC is a network of services to provide emergency, short-term assistance to veterans, service members, guard, reserves, and their families.

Mailing Address: PO Box 2125, Red Lodge, MT 59068

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Volunteers of American Independence Hall

Street Address: 710 Lake Elmo Drive, Billings MT

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2016 Billings, Montana 59103

Contact Person: Bill Holder

Phone Number: (406) 259-5368

Email: bholder@voanr.org

Website: http://www.voanr.org/Services/veteranServices

Hours of Operation:

Program Information: Independence Hall is a 20 bed men’s facility in Billings Montana. The facility runs 24 hours a day and includes a full kitchen, a laundry room, Dining and Living Space which includes a tv area, computer & resource room, a conference room, three staff offices and an outside area equipped with bbq and picnic table. At Independence Hall program residents are provided with:

  • Outreach services to homeless Veterans in need of service (housing, VA Medical, mental health, etc…)
  • Getting Veterans re-employed and/or enrolled in continuing education
  • Employment specialist on staff to assist in job seeking
  • Computer and Life Skill Development
  • Volunteer opportunities within the community
  • Bicycle program to meet transportation needs
  • Bi-monthly resident incentive program for residents meeting their assigned goals
  • Weekly case management

Eligibility: Eligible participants must be a member of a Veteran family, have a household income which does not exceed 50% of AMI, and be occupying permanent housing (defined below):

  1. Currently resides in permanent housing;
  2. Is homeless and is scheduled to become a resident of permanent housing in 90 days, pending the location or development of housing suitable for permanent housing;
  3. Has exited permanent housing within the previous 90 days to seek other housing that is responsive to the very low income Veteran family’s needs and preferences.

Necessary Documentation: Veteran family must provide DD form 214 Certificate of Release or discharge from active duty; verification of income and verification of current housing status.

Veteran Benefits

Veteran Benefits

Billings Veteran Affairs

Online Guide Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors: http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

Eligibility: The primary factor in determining basic eligibility is “veteran status” which is established by active military, naval, or air service and a discharge or release from active service under conditions other than a dishonorable discharge.  Those in the reserve may be eligible for benefits if they served on active duty based on the length of active military service. Reservists who are never called to active duty may also qualify for some benefits. National Guard members are eligible only if the President activated them for federal duty.

Disability Benefits: Compensation pays benefits for disabilities incurred or aggravated during active duty and active duty for training, and for heart attacks or strokes incurred during inactive duty for training. Such disabilities are considered “service-connected”. Pension is income-based payments to veterans with honorable war time service who are permanently and totally disabled (or age 65 or older).

Health Care:  Veterans must generally be enrolled to receive health services. Includes hospital, clinic care, dental, pharmacy and prosthetic services. Specialized care for women. Medical evaluations for military service exposure. Counseling, rehabilitation programs and dependency treatment.
Disability Benefits: VA has two tax-free programs. Compensation pays monthly benefits for disabilities incurred or aggravated during active duty and active duty for training, and for heart attack or stroke incurred during inactive duty for training. Such disabilities are considered “service-connected”. Pension is income-based payments to veterans with honorable war-time service who are permanently and totally disabled (or age 65 or older).

Education and Training:  Selected Reserve and National Guard members may be entitled to up to 36 months of benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill. Qualification are: Have six year obligation to serve in the Selected Service of national Guard, Have completed initial active duty training, Meet requirements to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before applying for benefits, Remain in good standing while servicing in a Selected Reserve of National Guard Unit. A Billings based education program for veterans is Veterans Upward Bound.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

VA Life Insurance: National Guard and Reserve Personnel are eligible to receive Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI), and Family Group Insurance (FGLI). They may also be eligible for Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (RH) if called to active duty, injured, and have a service-connected disability. Additional information at http://www.insurance.va.gov

Home Loan Guaranty: VA guarantees loans to purchase a home, manufactured home, certain types of condominiums; or to build, repair and improve homes. This benefit may be used to refinance an existing home loan. Certain disabled veterans can received grants to have their home specially adapted to their needs. Native Americans living on Trust Land may qualify for a direct home loan. Reserves must have completed six years of honorable service. Current active duty servicemembers are eligible after 181 days (or 90 days during the Gulf War) unless discharged or separated from a previous qualifying period of active duty service. toll free 1-888-487-1970.

Burial Benefits: May include a gravesite in national cemeteries, perpetual car, a Government headstone or marker, a grave liner for casketed remains, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at one cost to the family. VA can pay a burial allowance of $2000 for veterans who died of service-related causes. For other veterans receiving VA benefits, VA can pay $300 for burial and funeral expenses and a $300 plot allowance.

 

VA Montana Health Care System

VA Montana Health Care System

Federal Website: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/

Montana Website: http://www.montana.va.gov/index.asp

The VA Montana Health Care System provides a VA presence in every major city in the state through a series of community based clinics, a community living center, and an acute care medical center.

To apply: Online at https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/ or with a service representative at a clinic.

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. Veteran having separated under (a) an honorable or (b) medical discharge; veteran cannot be dishonorably discharge. Current or former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty (other than for training only) by federal order and completed the full period for which they were called.  Usual minimum duty requirement for those enlisted after September 7, 1980 is 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called. This may not apply to veterans discharged early for disability or injury. All veterans are encouraged to apply and have their eligibility determined.

Fort Harrison VA Medical Center and Ambulatory Care Clinic

Mailing Address: VA Medical Center P.O. Box 1500Fort Harrison, MT 59636

Street Address: 3687 Veterans Drive Fort Harrison, MT 59636

Phone Number: 406-442-6410 Or 877-468-8387

Specialty care includes internal medicine, gerontology, neurology, dermatology, cardiology, rheumatology, palliative care, pain management, medical oncology, surgery (general, vascular, laparoscopic, endoscopic), urology, orthopedics, plastic, ophthalmology, ENT, podiatry, gynecology, chiropractic care, psychiatry (including outpatient substance abuse treatment and PTSD and MST specific care), and ambulatory care (primary care). Radiology Service provides a broad range of diagnostic and interventional care provided on a full time basis. Pathology Services are available on site also provided on a full time basis. Telemedicine services are available for psychiatry, radiology, ophthalmology and tele-home health.  The 16-bed inpatient mental health facility serves patients needing treatment for PTSD.

Billings VA Community Clinic

Street Address: 2345 King Avenue West Billings, MT 59102
Phone Number: (406)373-3500 or 1-877-468-8387

Fax Number: (406)373-3456

Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Services: Mental health treatment, care for Combat veterans-Returning Service Member (OEF/OIF), and the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Transportation Network

Billings VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Location: 1775 Spring Creek Lane Billings, Montana  59102

Phone Number: (406) 373-3520

Fax Number:  (406) 373-3520
Hours of Operation:  8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Services: Mental health and care for Combat veterans-Returning Service Member (OEF/OIF)

Montana Veterans’ Upward Bound

Montana Veterans’ Upward Bound

Address: MSU-B Campus Cisel Hall, Rm. 109 Billings, MT 59101

Phone Numbers: (406)657-2075 or 1-877-356-8387 Toll-free

Website: http://vubmt.com/

Contact: Joe Cobos

Fax Number: (406)657-2077

Email: admissions@vubmt.com

Services: Veterans Upward Bound provides intensive basic skills development in those academic subjects required for successful completion of a high school equivalency program and/or admission to post-secondary education programs; short-term remedial or refresher classes for  veterans who are high school graduates but have delayed pursuing a  post-secondary school education; assistance with applications to the post-secondary school of choice; assistance with applying for financial aid; personal counseling; academic advice and assistance; activities designed to acquaint veterans participating in the project with the range of career options available to them; assistance in securing veterans services from other locally available resources; exposure to cultural events, academic programs, and other educational activities not usually available to disadvantaged people.

College Transition Assistance Program: CTAP provides instruction for veterans beginning or returning to college-level work who reside in the Billings area. College preparatory instruction is offered during fall and spring semesters at the MSU-Billings campus. These classes are non-credit and vary each semester. Veteran educational benefits such as the GI Bill or Voc-Rehab can be used while in this program. Classes include: Math, Algebra, Writing/Grammar, Introduction to Science, Computer Skills, Foreign Languages and College Success Strategies/Advising.

Distance Learning Program: This program provides online instruction to veterans who are unable to attend class programs or prefer the flexibility of internet based instruction. Please be aware that distance learning may not be appropriate for all learners. Distance education requires a great deal of self-discipline and motivation to maximize your learning experience. By taking the distance learning assessment survey, you will understand what you may encounter in a distance education course. Courses include: College Grammar/Writing, College Math, Computer Applications, Career Exploration, Mathematics, Reading and Writing.

Costs of Service: No cost for instruction, texts or materials.

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. Veteran having served at least 180 days of active duty in U.S. military service and (a) an honorable or (b) medical discharge; veteran cannot be dishonorably discharge.  Must be a member of Reserve component who was (a) called to active duty for more than 30 days or (b) who served active duty on or after 9-11-01.  Must meet low-income and/or first generation college student requirements. Must demonstrate an academic need and desire to enter post-secondary education or training program.

Operation Second Chance

Operation Second Chance

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1303 Red Lodge MT 59068

Contact Person: Hank Tuell, Director of Retreats Program  hank@operationsecondchance.org

Phone Number: 406-425-4875 and 888-OSC4VETs ext. 701

Operation Second Chance Website: http://www.operationsecondchance.org/

Mission Statement: “We are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans. We support Veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals, by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. We are dedicated to promoting public awareness of the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.”

Programs and Services:  OSC recognizes the stress families experience from combat-related trauma and the importance of strong family support. We see the struggles that take place with families trying to reconnect and regain the “normal” in life after returning home from a warzone with severe injuries. We also understand how a positive attitude can impact the recovery process. One of the many ways OSC assists our wounded warriors and their families is by providing retreats that facilitate this part of the recovery process. We provide short local overnight trips to those who need a quick getaway but do not have the ability to go very far from the care received at the hospital or from their chain of command. We also provide week-long retreats for those who are further along in their recovery and are able to get away for longer periods. During our retreats we offer many different activities for the individuals to choose from, as well as give wounded warriors and their families the opportunity to rest, relax and complete activities on their own. All OSC retreats are all-inclusive and have no cost to our recovering service members and their families.

Veteran Employment Resources

Veteran Employment Resources

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

http://www.esgr.org/site/

ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives; recognizing outstanding employer support; increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies; resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members; and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD.

Vet Jobs

http://vetjobs.com/

VetJobs has thousands of employers who have used the site to identify candidates from the transitioning military and veteran market. VetJobs averages more job postings than any other military or intelligence related job board! The Employment Assistance section has guidance on how to organize a job search, write a resume, interview and identify your next employer.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to  prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.