Vets Continue Making Memories

Rick Gale

As we celebrate Memorial Day this month, remembering military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces, let’s also acknowledge those who are still serving their country in communities throughout Southwest Montana by meeting the needs of veterans and military families, mentoring youth, and sponsoring wholesome programs. As a member of the Veterans Alliance, allow me to highlight what our veterans are doing, and how they are making a difference.

Veterans participated in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which makes a year-round impact in our community through social services assistance, homeless shelters, and disaster relief.

Veterans delivered clothing and blankets to the Human Resource Development Council Warming Center in Bozeman.

Veterans participated and supported Hope & The Holidays to provide gifts, food, and support to families in and around Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley, during the holiday season, and throughout the year.

Veterans who are members of American Legion Post #14 hosted the Department of Montana Finals of the Legion Oratorical Contest in Bozeman. This contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students.

Veterans are providing peer-to-peer support, resources, and education about the American Legion’s “Be the One Campaign” to reduce the rate of veteran suicide.

Veterans are serving as advocates at Veterans Eligible Treatment Services Court, Gallatin County Criminal Justice Council, and Gallatin County Mental Health Local Advisory Council.

Veterans are placing white crosses beside the road in the location of a fatality as a SAFETY reminder for passing motorists of the dangers of the road, as well as the lives that have been lost on these highways. Since the 1950s, members of the American Legion have marked fatal traffic accident sites through the White Cross Highway Fatality Marker Program.

American Legion Post #14 sponsors the Bozeman Bucks and Youth Baseball. This program gives back to the community by bringing regional teams, their families, and fans from across the state to Bozeman.

There is something special about those who made the choice to serve their country in uniform, and the veterans who are still serving as volunteers in communities in every corner of the nation, inspiring those around them to do the same.  

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