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CdA Events Calendar - Veterans & Military

Veterans & Military - We Honor You

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

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Outreach & Special Events

For assistance from Veterans' Services Officers in our area, call 208-415-3480, or see events calendar (below).
Services provided by state & county VSO are FREE of charge.

 

  • Shoshone County Veterans' Outreach, 10 am-2 pm, at Osburn VFW Post 1675, 318 E. Mullan Avenue on these dates: May 2. Call Dan Merrill, Veteran Service Officer, at 208-752-1264 to schedule app't.

  • Benewah County Veterans' Outreach, 9 am-2 pm, at Benewah County Courthouse (basement), 701 College Ave., St. Maries. Call 208-415-3480 for app't or stop April 16 & 30; May 14, 28.

  • Veterans' Outreach, 10 am-2 pm, at Plummer City Hall, 880 C St., Plummer. Dates are: April 11, & May 9. 

  • Boundary County Veterans' Outreach is available via app't. Call Brooke Blagrove at 208-255-8882.  

  • Every 1st Wednesday, 5-7 pm, "Steak Dinners for Veterans" at Wallace Elks Lodge #331, 419 Cedar St., Wallace. Arrive early & enjoy! Meal cost for non-veteran Elks & guests is $16.

  • Every Wednesday, 8-10 am, "Coffee & Conversation" at Lyfe Public House, 116 E. Lakeside Ave., CdA. Gather for FREE coffee with local veterans & first responders (current & former).

  • Every Wednesday8-10 am, "Coffee & Donuts" at Post Falls American Legion, 138 E. Poleline Avenue. Gather for FREE food & camaraderie with other veterans!

  • April 15-18 (Mon-Thurs), "VA Mobile Clinic" at VFW Post 1675, 318 E. Mullan Ave., Osburn. Veterans (past & present patients) are invited for a potluck lunch to honor driver Bob Sonderman's retirement. Questions? 208-752-4811.

  • May 2 (Thurs), 10 am-3 pm, "Veterans Stand Down" at VFW Post 1675, 318 E. Mullan Ave., Osburn. Clothing, blankets, personal hygiene items, fuel & grocery cards will be available for veterans. State & county Veterans' Services Officers will be present too. 

  • May 2 (Thurs), 10 am-3 pm, "Veterans Stand Down" at VFW Post 1675, 318 E. Mullan Ave., Osburn. Clothing, blankets, personal hygiene items, fuel & grocery cards will be available for veterans. State & county Veterans' Services Officers will be present too. 

  • May 17 (Fri), 5 pm, "Military Appreciation Night & Fireworks" at Findlay Stadium Stateline Speedway, 1349 N. Beck Rd., Post Falls. FREE admission for active-duty military & veterans (ID required) for competition featuring Pro Late Models, Roadrunners, Fever 4 & Bandoleros. More info HERE.

  • May 18 (Sat), 8 am-1 pm, "North Idaho Veterans Stand Down" at Kootenai Co. Fairgrounds, Jacklin Bldg., 4056 N. Gov't Way, CdA. For all veterans & their families: VA medical, counseling, advocacy, employment, legal services, veterinary care, bike repair, haircuts, dental services. Breakfast, lunch & coffee. Show military ID, VA ID or DD214 for FREE admission. 

  • MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES >

Resources - National, State & Local

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Military Family Community News - N. Idaho

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Idaho Division of Veterans Services

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Idaho Dept. of Labor Veterans Services

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Kootenai County Veterans Services Office

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Veterans Stand Down Locations 2024

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Newby-ginnings of North Idaho

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U.S. Government Military & Veterans

Military Organizations - Camaraderie

AMERICAN LEGION POST 143 (STEVEN H. NIPP)

  • 1138 E. Poleline Ave., Post Falls; 208-773-9054

  • Office hours - Monday through Friday, 10 am-3 pm

  • Meets on 3rd Monday, 6:30 pm

  • Membership eligibility is based on honorable service with the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard.

  • Annual membership - $45

  • Affiliated groups are Auxiliary, Sons of Legion & Honor Guard

AMERICAN LEGION POST 154 (MANUEL SCHNEIDMILLER)

  • Meets on the 4th Thursday, 6 pm, at Rathdrum Lions Club, 16114 N. Meyer Rd., Rathdrum

  • Email: rathdrum154@gmail.com

AMERICAN LEGION POST 149 (CLIFFORD A. HACKNEY)

  • 5525 E. Hwy 54, Athol; 208-683-2614

AMERICAN LEGION POST 36 (GUS ZOELLNER)

  • 110 N. Hill St., Kellogg; 208-682-5304

COEUR D'ALENE SQUADRON CIVIL AIR PATROL 

  • All-volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

  • 2410 W. Miles Ave., Hayden; 208-649-6098

  • Senior members (adults) & cadets (ages 12-21) volunteer & provide support for Emergency Services, Cadet Programs & Aerospace Education. 

  • CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program focused on leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness & moral/ethical decision-making. 

  • Adults meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6:30 pm; cadets meet every Tuesday, 6;30 pm, at Pappy Boyington Field (CdA Airport), Hayden.

  • New members welcome

  • Annual membership - $38 cadets; $64 adults

KOOTENAI COUNTY VETERANS SERVICES OFFICE

  • 120 E. Railroad Ave., Post Falls; 208-446-1090

  • Offices for County VSOs

  • Offering assistance to veterans & their families

VFW (VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS) POST 3603

  • 1225 E. 3rd Ave., Post Falls; 208-960-4104

  • Meets on 4th Wednesday, 7-8:30 pm

  • Membership requirements - U.S. citizenship; must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces & either received an honorable discharge or be currently serving; & have served in a war, campaign or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters

VFW POST 889

  • 406 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene; 208-667-5236

  • Office open Tuesdays, 8-10 am. Stop in for social time, coffee & donuts.

  • Meets on 3rd Thursday, 6:30 pm

VFW POST 1473 (ROY RACY)

  • 32119 N. 5th Ave., Spirit Lake; 509-891-6745

  • Meets 1st & 3rd Fridays, 6 pm

VFW POST 1675 SHOSHONE

  • 318 E. Mullan Ave., Osburn; 208-752-4811

  • Meets on the 3rd Tuesday, 5:30 pm

PAPPY BOYINGTON #966 MARINE CORPS LEAGUE

  • Meets on the 2nd Thursday, 6 pm at Elks Lodge #1254, 1170 W. Prairie Ave., CdA

  • Provides mentorship, career counseling, Veteran Service Officer VA support, assistance with transitions, & opportunities for families

  • Contact: Dennis Dodd; 208-952-6725

  • DC.Dodd58.@gmail.com

IDAHO STATE VETERANS HOME

  • 590 S. Pleasant View Rd., Post Falls; 208-415-3430

  • 64-bed skilled nursing facility w/centralized community center, chapel, therapy room, dining room, sports bar w/big screen TVs & canteen

  • Also a common food preparation area, laundry facility & maintenance supply areasCovered pickup/drop-off area; parking for 90 vehicles

  • Dedicated November 11, 2021

  • See application HERE

  • Two State Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) from Office of Veterans Advocacy have offices in bldg to assist area veterans, family members/survivors

  • idvs@veterans.idaho.gov

Free or Discounted Meals, Items & Services

These businesses recognize the value of service to our Nation...one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty & justice for all.

 

**Note there may be variations in FREEbies, or they may be dependent upon participation of local establishments.**

**Ask for discounts if not offered. Take proof of military service (VA card, Active ID, Driver's License w/Veteran Designation, or DD214.)**

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Store Discounts

 

EVERYDAY DISCOUNTS ON VETERANS' PURCHASES

**Take proof of military service.

**May have to register w/store's program.

 

  • Advance Auto Parts

  • Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's

  • Big 5 Sporting Goods

  • Foot Locker

  • Home Depot

  • Joann Fabrics

  • Lowe's

  • Michael's

  • O'Reilly Auto Parts

See BLOGS/VA.GOV/VAntage for more veteran discounts; & MANY MORE for active duty military!

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More resources

 

VETERANS GUIDE & ADVOCACY CENTER

Luke Daniels, Outreach Director

pr@veteransguide.org

  • VA Disability Calculator

  • VA Disability & Benefits

  • Toxic Exposure

  • Veteran Health

  • NAVDA (National Association of Veterans’ Disability Attorneys)

  • Resource links HERE forDisabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), Military OneSource, American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Veterans (AMVETS), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Student Veterans of America (SVA), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS), & Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

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services discounts

 

EVERYDAY DISCOUNTS ON SERVICES FOR VETERANS

**Take proof of military service.

 

  • Verizon Wireless

  • AT&T

  • 24-Hour Fitness

  • Avis

  • Budget

  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car

  • Hertz

  • National Car Rental

EVERYDAY DISCOUNTS ON SERVICES & PURCHASES FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY

All of the above, plus these categories:​

  • Automotive

  • Car Rentals

  • Clothing/Shoes

  • Computer/Electronics/Gaming

  • Education

  • Entertainment

  • Eyeware

  • Financial & Insurance

  • Fitness

  • Flowers/Gifts

  • Food

  • Health & Beauty

  • Home & Garden

  • Jewelry

  • Miscellaneous

  • Restaurants

  • Retail

  • Service

  • Shipping/Storage

  • Sporting Goods/Equipment

  • Travel & Lodging

  • Wireless & Internet

  • Refer to BLOGS/VA.GOV/VAntage for detailed list in each category.

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VETERANS DAY FREEBIES

 

2023 VETERANS DAY FREEBIES

(Franchise Restaurants)

**Take proof of military service.

**Check local establishments' participation, variations & times.

  • 7-Eleven - quarter-pound beef hot dog

  • Applebee's - full-size entree from special menu & $5 Bounce Back Card

  • Buffalo Wild Wings - order of 10 boneless wings & fries

  • Chili's - meal from select menu

  • Cracker Barrel - Solo 1-item pizza & regular pop

  • Denny's - Grand Slam from 5 am-noon

  • Little Caesar's - lunch combo from 11 am-2 pm

  • Red Lobster - meal vouchers for shrimp & chips to be used Nov 13-Dec 10 for dine-in only

  • Red Robin - Red's Big Tavern Burger w/endless side of steak fries

  • Starbuck's - 12-oz hot or cold brewed coffee

  • Texas Roadhouse - meal voucher from 11 am-2 pm

  • Wendy's - breakfast combo from 6:30-10:30 am

See MILITARY.COM for more FREEbies.

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