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Veteran Events

**Newby-Ginnings of North Idaho is doing its 1st Annual Back-To-School Duds Drive! They are looking for items that will support school aged kids in the local veteran/military community. Collections start now and will continue through September. Please contact Kellie Richardson at KellieR91@yahoo.com or call: 509-714-7482 to find out exactly what they are looking for and where you can take the donation.**

July 27th - Newport Veterans Stand Down. Taking place at the Newport High School, 1400 5th Street in Newport from 8 am until 4 pm. There will be a opening recognition ceremony, lunch will be provided, as well as materials will be provided to Veterans as well as surviving spouses. You will need to bring with you a DD 214, a VA ID, or a Military Id. If you have any questions call Brad Hanson at 509-671-3585.

July 27th - 1st Annual Spokane Silkies Hike, healing with dark humor and morale. Hike open to Veterans, active duty, Guard, and Reserves. Check the Facebook page Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike - Spokane for updates and information or you can email Spokane@irreventwarriors.com/ 

August 13th - Back-to-School Brigade. Join Operation Homefront for a school supply distribution event! This will be at the Fairchild Air Force Base and exact location details will be provided upon registering for the event. Pre-registration is a requirement, register at https://my.operationhomefront.org. This event is for DEERS enrolled military dependent children only who will be in kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have questions please contact Sara Rizzo at 425-412-4317. 

September 14th - March For the Fallen. Memorial March/Run to Honor Washington's Fallen Military, there are 5k, 10k, or a 15k to compete in as well as a 15k Ruck March with teams between 5 and 20. A beer garden and food and games will be at the event. Open ceremony at 8:30 Am at the 7 Mile Trailhead, Riverside State Park in Spokane. For more information contact at: info@marchforthefallen.com or register at: www.MarchForTheFallen.com. 

November 20-24th - Warriors Heart to Art. This event is seeking 15 Spokane Area Veterans with PTSD symptoms that impede on living a health lifestyle and have a desire for healing. This is a 5 day retreat providing hope and help for healing, supporting one another, exploring the process of healing and using creative arts to convey your story. Check out more about the event on WarriorsHeartToArt.org, call 509-991-5167, or email: retreat@WarriorsHeartToArt.org. 

Continuous Events


  • Sandpoint War Vet’s Group – Every Other Thursday from 10:00 until 11:30 at the Sandpoint VFW; Next meeting will be January 12th. Offering war veterans of all eras a place to meet and overcome the unique challenges of life after war. Open to veterans of all wars, on the corner of Pine and Division. If you have any questions call 509-844-1053. 
  • Sandpoint War Veteran’s Spouses Group – Meeting every other Thursday from 10:00 until 11:30 at the Sandpoint VFW; next meeting will be January 5th. Offering support for spouses and significant other of war veterans in Sandpoint. Call 509-844-1053 with questions.
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10th, 2001. Need some more information on what the VA can provide for students, check out the their website HERE .
  • Military  Family Scholarships BestColleges.com has created a financial aid guide specifically for military spouses and children. They provide context for how students can best take advantage of available federal resources, and offer over 30 scholarships and grants for veterans, spouses, and dependents of veterans. Check it out HERE .

For more information on these upcoming activities or any questions send an email to lyndsie.halcro@bonnercountyid.gov .

To schedule an appointment get in contact with our Veteran Service Officer Bryan Hult today, 1500 Hwy 2, suite 122 in Sandpoint or call between 8:00 am and noon to schedule an appointment; 208-255-5291.