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Fall Conference Agenda 2016


October 28

1:00 PM     Opening – Helena Armed Forces Reserve Center (HAFRC) Auditorium, Fort Harrison

1:15 PM     VA Enrollments/Veteran Choice- Todd Dunlap

2:15 PM     Veterans Suicide- General Ireland

2:15 PM     Coordinated Children & Youth meeting (American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, 8 & 40, Forty et Eight, SAL) committee members only at Department Headquarters

 3:15 PM    Membership Presentation- George Blackard    

 4:00 PM    Future Leadership Department of Montana- Hal Rice

 4:15 PM    Dismiss

 4:30 PM    Commander’s Reception Post #2

 7:00 PM    40 et 8 Cheminot Meeting – Jorgenson’s

October 29

                   7:00 AM     Past Department Commanders Breakfast – Jorgenson’s               

 8:15 AM    Committee Meeting:




                                      Ways and Means

                                      Education and Training

  9:15 AM    Membership Presentation- George Blackard

10:15 AM    Reconvene Executive Board

11:30AM    Lunch

  1:00 PM   Reconvene Executive Board

  3:30 PM   Sons of the American Legion

 6:00 PM    Cocktails - Jorgenson’s

7:00 PM     Joint Banquet - Jorgenson’s – National Vice Commander Paul Espinoza, New Mexico

October 30

8:00 AM     Memorial Service - Jorgenson’s



A Block of rooms has been set aside at Jorgenson’s and will be held until October 18th. You should make your own reservations. The toll free number for Jorgenson’s is 1-800-272-1770

The Executive Committee meetings will be held at the auditorium in the Department Headquarters building (HAFRC)

To reach the building, enter through the main gate of Fort William Henry Harrison (not the VA, but the National Guard Fort) take the first left on Mt Majo St, proceed until you reach the large brick building on the right and park in the parking lot. Enter through the north door or the center door on the East side of the building. Make sure you have a picture ID to enter the Fort.

The Banquet on Saturday is Deluxe Baron of Beef Buffet; tickets are $25.25 and are available from Department Headquarters or at the conference.


Purple Heart Hunt

The Montana Game Wardens would like to extend an invitation to the hero's of our United States Armed Forces who were wounded or disabled in the line of duty. 

The Game Wardens in cooperation with landowners around the state are offering several private landowner hunts in various areas around the state. 

If hunting is not your thing, or you are just interested in something else, there are also opportunities for such things as boat, float, horseback, or even back country patrols with a local Game Warden.  If you are a Purple Heart recipient , and are interested in a hunt or other activity, you will need to give a email address, phone number, and the area that you might be interested exploring. Please contact Chuck Bartos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For all our Montana Veterans, we would also like to show our appreciation for your service.  If you would like to do a ride along with a Game Warden please contact your local Fish

Wildlife and Parks office, or your local Game Warden.  In the future, we hope to expand our involvement with the Veterans of this great state with more opportunity for huntsand other activities.  God Bless you for your service.

Montana Game Wardens

CRST Apprenticeship Program

CRST International Approved by Department of Labor and the Veteran’s Administration
to Begin Program to Assist Veterans Transition into Trucking Careers
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Aug. 30, 2016)—CRST International Inc. was approved for the Veteran Apprenticeship Program through the Department of Labor and the Veteran’s Administration. New and current CRST drivers using GI Bill™ benefits may now be eligible to earn additional monthly income as they transition into their new trucking careers with CRST.
Applicants to the 12-month program must be using GI Bill™ benefits to qualify for the program. Veterans will have the opportunity to earn up to an additional $13,400 tax-free from government funding during the 12-month program. The income levels are determined by number of years served and the type of benefits received through the GI Bill™.
“A company is made stronger when its employees are supported, and this program will ensure that our veterans making the transition to becoming CRST drivers have the assistance and support they need to succeed,” said Dave Rusch, CRST International president and CEO. “We provide some of the newest equipment and best training and pay in the industry and having guaranteed home time is another great benefit for veterans as they transition home from deployment.”
The Veteran Apprenticeship Program will complement CRST’s existing Heroes on the Highway military program for veterans joining the transportation industry.
“We’re proud to do all that we can to support our drivers who come to us after military service,” said Jenny Abernathy, CRST vice president of capacity development. “The transition can be difficult, and this program gives our veterans a chance to learn the skills they need while earning a good income.”
Approval for CRST International’s Veteran Apprenticeship Program comes on the heels of the company’s recognition as a 2016 Top 100 Military Friendly Employer.

Repeal Disabled Veterans Tax

(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 ActH.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 March 19 – April 3. The House is on recess March 24 – April 11. 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.

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