Category Archives: Veterans

Veterans Day ceremony is virtual this year

The annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Montana Veterans Memorial will be virtual this year. The ceremony will be a virtual broadcast from Centene Stadium with Col. Anita Feugate Opperman, 341st Missile Wing commander, providing the keynote address. Disabled American Veterans 2nd Junior Vice Commander, Joe Parsetich, will recognize the 100th anniversary of the DAV. The broadcast will begin at

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Pinski resigning as district court judge

Greg Pinski is resigning his seat as a district court judge in Cascade County, effective Oct. 2. He was elected in 2012 and again in 2018 to another six-year term. The resignation will prompt the advertising of the position and the state Judicial Nominating Commission will accept those applications and public comment on them. It will then interview applicants and

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Memorial Day ceremony will be done virtually due to pandemic restrictions

This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony from the Montana Veterans Memorial Association will be conducted online to comply with guidance for COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 25 at the Montana Veterans Memorial. Navy Capt. Ken Robison, ret., will give the keynote speech and focus on a historical perspective of previous crises and moving forward as a

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Vet court gets $107K donation to support homeless female veterans

The local veterans court program will soon be able to provide more assistance for the homeless female veterans participants. On Tuesday, the court was presented with a $107,044 donation that will go through Veterans Mentoring Veterans, the nonprofit created by the program mentors to support court activities and participants. The funds will be used to provide safe, clean housing for

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Veterans Treatment Court marks fifth anniversary in Great Falls

Dave Belcher served in the Army and returned from a combat tour with a traumatic brain injury. “We put our boots on and we leave the ones we love behind to go fight…for your safety. That’s what we do,” Belcher said. Two veterans take their life back in Cascade County Veterans Court graduation When he came home, he was angry

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City offices closed Monday for Veterans Day

The City of Great Falls offices, including the animal shelter, will be closed Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day. The Great Falls Public Library will be closed Nov. 10 in observance of the holiday. There will be no changes to the residential or commercial sanitation collection schedule next week. On Veterans Day, the Community Recreation Center and Natatorium will

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Military discounts offered downtown this weekend

The Downtown Chicks, a committee of the Downtown Great Falls Association, is hosting Military Appreciation Days in downtown Great Falls in recognition of Veterans Day. Active duty and retired military, and their family members, are encouraged to look for the flyer (example below), posted in windows throughout stores and restaurants downtown beginning on Nov. 8 through Nov. 11. The following

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Wood shop near completion at Grace Home, creates opportunity for homeless veterans

Finding purpose after military service can be difficult for some veterans and the nearly finished shop at the Grace Home is helping fill that void. Organizers had hoped to repurpose the existing garage at the Grace Home, a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans, but it ended up needing to be torn down and rebuilt. The shop is nearly finished

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RED HORSE, Malmstrom missile alert facilities included in appropriations bill

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill that includes provisions for Malmstrom Air Force Base. The bill next goes to the Senate floor for a vote. Both Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines sit on the Appropriations Committee. According to Tester’s office, the Democrat added a provision that would prohibit the Air Force from relocating

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