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Articles with the Tag: Veterans

Toys for Tots brings Christmas spirit to local children Toys for Tots brings Christmas spirit to local children

POLSON – Community members in Lake and Sanders Counties helped create happy holiday experiences for local children this year.  Toys for Tots collects toys around the holiday season and distributes them to children who might otherwise not get a gift during the season. The program is a national e...

Traumatic brain injury leads MSU student veteran to study neuroscience

MONTANA – Montana State University undergraduate Zach Mayne dreamed of defending his country from an early age, and so, for him, there was never a question that joining the military was in his future. Mayne grew up in Thornton, Colorado, and went straight to basic training after high school graduati...

Veterans Day celebrated by children Veterans Day celebrated by children

RONAN – In honor of all those who fought and continue to fight for our freedoms, students at Glacier View School in Ronan thanked veterans for their service and showed their appreciation in a special ceremony last Thursday. “It makes my heart swell to know that we are not forgotten,” sai...


POLSON – More than 120 people, which included veterans, their families and Gold Star family members, gathered in Polson at the Red Lion Inn on Saturday evening to honor local veterans and learn about the range of veteran and veteran families services that will be provided through Welcome Home Inc., a n...

Mental health training for clergy offered

  News from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church POLSON — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 409 Third Ave. E, will host a “Community Clergy Training Program” to support rural veterans’ mental health on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch and coffee will be provided at no co...

Veterans Spotlight project ends, participants thanked Veterans Spotlight project ends, participants thanked

Dear Readers, With the recent publication of our 50th article, the Ronan VFW Post 5652 Veterans Spotlight project, proposed by Post Historian Dwayne Hofschulte, has ended. We thank the Valley Journal for generously providing space for our articles over these many months beginning in May of 2017.   ...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

On June 10, 1969, John Noel was on a bus to Butte, Montana, courtesy of an invitation letter from the President. He was inducted into the Army on June 11 and immediately shipped out by bus to Fort Ord, California. John looked around when he got off the bus and thought, “Wow, this isn’t going to b...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When John Fay was in high school, he decided college was not for him. He also wanted to see more of the world besides Ronan, so he was interested when the military recruiter came to his high school. His dad and other relatives had been in the Navy. His dad said, in the Navy, you get three meals and a dry bed...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Chris Dawson’s decision to join the military was pretty easy.  The Los Angeles, California, judge gave him three days to decide: either join up or put on handcuffs. He joined the Navy. On Feb. 14, 1965, Chris was sent to the San Diego, California, Naval Training Center, unit 143 for 12 weeks. B...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Sharline decided to join the military and spoke with the recruiter in Kalispell, she checked out all branches of service. Out of defiance, she didn’t want the Army, Coast Guard or Marines because her family had joined them. She wanted something different. At the time, the Navy offered benefits for...


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