Student Veterans Organization
The UM SVO mission is to provide veterans, military-connected students, and military family
members who attend the University of Montana or Missoula College the resources, support, and
advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and navigate post-military life.
University of Montana Veterans Organizations and Resources
Veterans Upward Bound
Veterans' Upward Bound (VUB) is funded by a grant through the US Dept. of Education and is charged with providing educational and support services to veterans. It is intended to encourage and assist veterans in pursuing post-secondary education and training. It is the only Federal education program specifically created to serve the needs of veterans.
VUB provides personalized assistance to help veterans improve academic skills, explore college and training programs, and enjoy a smoother transition from their military service into whatever comes next.
Click HERE to read Veterans Upward Bound's response Against Intolerance.
Montana's VUB is an extensive statewide program of FREE instruction and support services:
- In-class, on-campus college preparatory instruction in eight Montana cities.
- Live streaming online classes to expand statewide offerings.
- Customized workshops to fit tight schedules and deliver focused instruction.
- Online, self-paced instruction for veterans who desire to improve their skills at home on their schedule.
- College application assistance: admissions, financial aid, veterans' education benefits & military transcripts.
- Academic and career counseling in-person (Billings only) or by phone.
- Referral services to other agencies and community service providers.
- Answers to just about any questions veterans may ask.
Our goal is to be the best first step for veterans making a career or life change or preparing to enter or re-enter college. We offer:
- High-quality educational services to prepare for post-secondary education, training or employment.
- Support services that will facilitate the transition into college or access to community resources and service providers.
- Reliable assistance from an experienced staff.
VUB in Missoula
VUB has hosted pre-college classes at Missoula College (formerly UM-Missoula College of Technology) since 2000 and currently offers instruction in 6-week sessions throughout the year. These classes provide a general academic refresher and their location on a college campus with college faculty makes them as authentic a college experience as possible. For veterans preparing to enter or re-enter college, this program helps ease that transition.
Academic Refresher Classes available:
- Introduction to College Math/Algebra
- Introduction to College Writing
- Computer Skills for College
Also available to veterans in the Missoula area:
- Accuplacer Placement Practice
- CareerScope Assessment Planning
- Live-online Tutoring
- Applying for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Applying for VA Education Benefits
For more information go to: https://vubmt.com/about.php
Office for Disability Equity - (ODE)
Disability Services for Students assures that programs of the University of Montana are as accessible to and usable by students with disabilities as they are for any student. Our goals are:
- To coordinate reasonable program modifications for otherwise qualified students with disabilities
- To advocate for an accessible and hospitable learning environment for students with disabilities
- To endorse self-determination by students with disabilities
University of MontanaLommasson Center 154The University of MontanaMissoula, MT 59812Phone: (406) 243-2243Fax: (406) 243-5330Video Phone for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: (406)-203-0591 or (877) 890-6935
The Disability Services main office, in the Emma B. Lommasson Center 154, is physically accessible, with entrances on both the north and south sides of the building. Disability parking is located in the Lot immediately south of the building. Its entrance is closest to the intersection of Arthur and McLeod.
Missoula CollegeAdministration Building909 South Avenue WestMissoula, MT 59812(406) 243-7882 (Voice/Text)
Procurement Technical Assistance Center - (PTAC)
Montana PTAC offers personal, timely advice on contracting with the government.
Whether you’re new to the marketplace or an experienced government contractor, Montana PTAC is committed to helping you do business with federal, state and local agencies. PTAC stands for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. PTAC is here to help you with your questions and concerns about selling to the government. The Montana PTAC at the University of Montana is sponsored by the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship and funded in part by a federal grant.
Government Contracting Advisor
Local Community Veterans Organizations and Resources
Veteran Support Network
The Missoula Region VSN is a group of Veterans, service providers, volunteers, non-profits, and businesses who have built relationships in order to provide a complete portfolio of resources to help Veterans, service members, and their families obtain the services they need for transition, personal growth, and community belonging. The VSN serves as an information-sharing hub, for more information please visit: https://www.vsnmontana.org/ and to join the mailing list please email: VSN.Msla@outlook.com
Veterans of Foreign Wars - (VFW)
OLE BECK VFW POST 209
An organization of American veterans who have taken part in a foreign military campaign or expedition of the United States.
Ole Beck VFW Post 209 was chartered in 1921. It was established to provide a means for Veterans to help their fellow Veterans in their time of need. We are a non-profit organization that is here to better the community and veterans within the community. The Post has an Honor Guard which provides a Firing Party and a bugler for ceremonies held at numerous Western Montana Cemeteries.
XSports4Vets is a group of current conflict veterans that strive to help other combat veterans succeed. They utilize as many extreme sports as we can to take the edge out of civilian life. Riverboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, sky diving, rafting and many other activities are their expertise! Some of us have wounds left over from combat, others can't be seen - but we all benefit from getting out and meeting people that have been in our shoes.
ContactSteven M. Halestevenmhale@yahoo.com517 Westview Drive #7Missoula MT 59803Phone: (406) 493-2264XSports4Vets HomepageXSports4Vets Facebook
Missoula VA Vet Center
Normal working hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. In an effort to better serve the veteran and family members, upon request Vet Centers will provide services after normal work hours and/or on weekends.910 Brooks St. Suite 101
Missoula, MT 59801
Fax: 406-329-3006 Toll Free: 800-626-8686http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/
Missoula Job Service
The Missoula Job Services has services designed specifically for veterans. Veteran representatives provide priority services including:
- Case Management
- Vocational Counseling
- Job Development
- Job Placement
- Referrals to Veteran Supportive Service Agencies
Veterans Affairs Support and Service Offices
Missoula1911 Tower RdMissoula, MT 59804Phone: 406-542-2501Fax: 406-543-2360Website: https://dma.mt.gov/
Valley Veterans Services Center (Hamilton)217 N 3rd St Suite IHamilton, Mt 59840Phone: 406-363-9838Website: https://ravallivvsc.org/Their office hours are: Monday through Friday (closed Holidays) 0800 to 1700
VA Medical Clinics
VA Medical CenterDavid J. Thatcher VA Clinic3885 W Broadway StMissoula, MT 59808Phone: 406-493-3700Fax: 406-493-3772
VA Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinic299 Fairgrounds Road #2Hamilton, MT 59840Phone: 406-363-3352
VA Medical Center and Ambulatory Care Clinic3687 Veterans DriveFort Harrison, MT 59636Phone: 406-442-6410Toll Free: 877-468-8387
Veterans Readiness and Employment VR&E Chapter 31
Montana State Vocational Rehabilitation
Our mission is to promote work and independence for Montanans with disabilities. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) offers three programs to assist eligible individuals with disabilities:
- Vocational Rehabilitation program
- Blind and Low Vision Services
- Independent Living
If you are interested in learning more or applying for Montana State Vocational Rehabilitation services, click on the links below that will best serve you.
In Missoula, an informational meeting is held every Tuesday morning at 10:30. At this is meeting, a counselor will give an overview of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR); what services we offer. Due to limited meeting space we do ask that individuals call to sign up for the meeting. The meeting lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. At the end of the meeting the individuals will be given the opportunity to schedule an appointment for a later date to meet with a counselor one on one to apply for services.
Missoula VR address is:2675 Palmer Suite AMissoula MT 59808Phone: 406-329-5400Fax: 406-329-5420Website: www.dphhs.mt.gov/vocrehab/index
Tools for Concerned Family Members
Vet Center Call Center – Good for veterans and their family members. They have an MOU with Veteran’s Crisis Hotline and VA Medical Health Line to immediately transfer referrals for veterans who are in crisis. They will not do therapy and will get them to the experts if needed. 1-888-WAR-VETS (888-927-8387).
Due to privacy concerns, the UM VETS Office can only make a referral with the student’s permission unless there is a concern for the personal safety of others or the veteran. We should use our local resources Curry Health Center (406) 243-4711 and Vets Center (406) 721-4918.
Red Willow Learning Center
About the Learning Center at Red Willow
Most of us consider trauma to be something that happens to someone else. The fact of the matter is, trauma happens to almost all of us. One of the most important parts of experiencing trauma is whether we have the resilience to bounce back into a more optimal state of being. Having adequate support and the tools that enable us to bounce back are key.
Our programs focus on the use of a combination of ancient wisdom and modern neurological understanding to help build the capacity to live a full and optimal life.
The Learning Center at Red Willow accomplishes its mission through the following:
- By providing body/mind based healing services for individuals, families and communities who have experienced trauma and adverse circumstances.
- By offering experiential learning opportunities and skills known to help restore feelings of safety and predictability.
- By presenting information about how to calm the body, restore peace to the mind and maintain optimum levels of health.
Are you a Veteran, veteran's family member or caretaker, or first responder?
Through our Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program, we are making all of our courses available free of charge to veterans and active duty military personnel, their families and caregivers, and first responders. Please fill out the following form: HTOP Fee Waiver Agreement (PDF) and return it to the Learning Center at Red Willow along with your DD-214, VA Card, Driver's License showing veteran status, Military ID, or First Responder ID. For more information about the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program, Click Here.
|825 W. Kent Ave.
Missoula, Montana 59801
|Phone: (406) 721-0033
Fax: (406) 721-0055