Carbon County Connect Coordinator Contact Information 

connect@rlacf.org

(406) 446-2820

All businesses and services listed are independently owned and operated. The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation does not endorse or guarantee any services provided and cannot be held liable for any claims/damages that may arise from services rendered or from agreements between the client and professional.

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

YELLOW RIBBON COMMUNITY

WHO

  • Veterans, service members, guard, reserves, and their families.

COST

  • None

WHAT

  • Carbon and Stillwater Counties Yellow Ribbon Community(CSCYRC) is a network of services to provide emergency, short-term assistance to veterans, service members, guard, reserves, and their families.

WHERE

  • PO Box 2125, Red Lodge, MT 59068

  • 406-425-4021

OPERATION SECOND CHANCE

WHO

  • Veterans and their families

COST

  • None

WHAT

  • One of the many ways OSC assists our wounded warriors and their families is by providing retreats that facilitate this part of the recovery process.

  • Provide short local overnight trips to those who need a quick getaway but do not have the ability to go very far from the care received at the hospital or from their chain of command.

  • Provide week-long retreats for those who are further along in their recovery and are able to get away for longer periods.

  • During retreats there are many different activities for the individuals to choose from, as well as give wounded warriors and their families the opportunity to rest, relax and complete activities on their own. 

WHERE

  • P.O. Box 1303, Red Lodge, MT 59068

  • 850-830-8415

  • Website

BEARTOOTH ELKS LODGE #534

WHO

  • Veterans and youth

COST

  • None

WHAT

  • The Elks Lodge is a national organization with primary focus on Veterans and youth. The Elks also provides significant community outreach. Meetings are for members only and are held the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7PM. The Bill Alberta Veterans Memorial Center is located in the basement of the Elks Lodge and is open to all veterans.

WHERE

  • P.O. Box 888, Red Lodge, MT 59068

  • 406-446-1812

  • Website

RED CROSS

WHO

  • Open to anyone

WHAT

  • Varies depending on services

WHAT

  • Provides various services to members of the armed forces and to their families, veterans and victims of disaster.

  • Provides a communication link between family; financial assistance to military personnel for travel in certain emergencies.

  • Assists families and individuals who have lost or been evacuated from their homes as a result of natural or manmade disaster.

  • Provides immediate emergency assistance; shelter, food, clothing. Health, safety, and nursing instructions in first aid, CPR, swimming, life guarding, back injury prevention, disaster team training and youth development training is available.

WHERE

  • 702 Central Avenue, Billings, MT 59102

  • 1-800-272-6668

  • Website

WHEN

  • Monday - Friday: 8am-5pm

AMERICAN LEGION - LAUREL

WHO

  • Veterans and their families

COST

  • None

WHAT

  • Committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

WHERE

  • P.O. Box 211, Laurel, MT 59044

  • Website

AMERICAN LEGION - RED LODGE

WHO

  • Veterans and their families

COST

  • None

WHAT

  • Committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

WHERE

  • P.O. Box 1035, Red Lodge, MT 59068

  • Website

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

VETERANS AFFAIRS MONTANA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

WHO

  • Must be a U.S. Veteran having separated under (a) an honorable or (b) medical discharge; veteran cannot be dishonorably discharged. Current or former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty (other than for training only) by federal order and completed the full period for which they were called. 

COST

  • Some veterans are required to complete an annual means test or to agree to pay VA the applicable co-payment. The means test is based on their family's income and net worth.

  • Apply online here

WHAT

  • Onsite: Mental health treatment, care for Combat veterans-Returning Service Member (OEF/OIF), and the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Transportation Network

  • Other services: Homeless assistance, career and employment services, home loans, life insurance, fiduciary services, 

WHERE

  • Billings VA Community Clinic:

    • 2345 King Avenue, West Billings, MT 59102

    • 406-373-3500

  • Billings VA Outpatient Clinic: 

    •  1775 Spring Creek Lane, Billings, Montana  59102

    • 406-373-3520

WHEN​​​​

  • Monday - Friday: 8am-4:30pm

VETERANS BENEFITS

WHO

  • The primary factor in determining basic eligibility is “veteran status” which is established by active military, naval, or air service and a discharge or release from active service under conditions other than a dishonorable discharge.  Reservists who are never called to active duty may also qualify for some benefits. National Guard members are eligible only if the President activated them for federal duty.

WHAT

WHERE

WHEN

  • Monday - Friday: 8am-4:30pm

VETERANS SERVICES