Each Veterans Day, our nation and state proudly honor the men and women who served our military in the past and those who continue to serve us today. Some of the ways of honoring them are as grand as parades and public ceremonies. Others are simple gestures like a phone call, e-mail or handshake. As a veteran, I can tell you that all of them are important and powerful.
On this Veterans Day, I ask you to please consider taking one more step to help our active duty service members, veterans and their families by helping spread the word about the Montana National Guard's Family Assistance Centers. The Family Assistance Centers offer information and resource referral assistance to service members, veterans and families - regardless of branch of service or whether the service was active or reserve. The Montana National Guard opened these Family Assistance Centers as a critical element of its nation-leading effort to deal with post traumatic stress injuries. However, the Family Assistance Centers can only help the people that know about them.
Can you help spread the word about this valuable by posting the phone number and description of one of Montana National Guard's five Family Assistance Centers on the bulletin board of your break room at work, your local coffee shop, church or grocery store?
The Family Assistance Centers' phone numbers are: 324-3232 in Helena, 228-2932 in Glasgow, 329-2180 (extension. 111) in Missoula, 655-6262 in Billings, and 731-4900 in Great Falls. You can also direct them to the Montana National Guard's Family Programs' Web site at http://montanaguardfamily.org.
It will just take a few minutes of your day to post these valuable numbers, but the difference you may make in life of one of Montana's heroes and their family could be immeasurable. I can't think of a more fitting tribute for Veterans Day.
Matt Kuntz, Executive director, National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montana, Helena