Billings serves as ground zero for a wealth of athletic events that support women’s causes, sick children, cancer and more. But there hasn’t been a run or walk dedicated to helping military veterans — until now.
American Legion Andrew Pearson Post 117 will host Gordon Ewell, a wounded warrior, national author and public speaker for two events in Billings on Saturday.
The American Legion for decades has helped underwrite the cost of sending young men to Boys State, a summer leadership and citizenship program. This year is no different.
LAUREL — At least 150 people shunned wind and blinding rain, thunder and lightning and 50-degree temperatures Monday to pay their respects during Memorial Day services at Yellowstone County Veterans' Cemetery.
About 100 people attended Memorial Day services last year at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. Fewer attended services at Mountview Cemetery in Billings, the largest cemetery in the region with more than 25,000 burials.
You might never look at Casey Elder and think “veteran.” You might not even think “athlete,” but she is both.
While the presentations stood in stark contrast to each other, the heart was the same at a pair of events held Tuesday that bookended Billings' public Sept. 11 memorials.
American Legion Andrew Pearson Post 117 raised more than $1,600 Thursday to support the Long Road Home Project, a group of five military veterans who are raising money to support Operation First Response, a nonprofit group serving wounded veterans with personal and financial needs.
Five military veterans, two of whom are paralyzed, are en route to Billings as part of a 4,200-mile bike ride from Aberdeen, Wash., to the nation’s capital to raise awareness of wounded and traumatized warriors.
American Legion Andrew Pearson Post 117, one of Billings' three American Legion posts and the newest in Montana, has committed to advancing the cause of the Missing in America Project.
Wanting their issues heard, a group of American Legion members has formed a new post — the third and newest post to the Billings area.
George Blackard's simple offer to take an Iraqi war veteran fishing on the Stillwater River proved to be a life-changing experience for both of the men. But it didn't start out smoothly.