You better mark your calendars for March 27th in Billings. Two great events are taking place at the same location: Miller's Horse Palace.

The last time I was inside Miller's Horse Palace was for a big archery competition that was taking place there. They have another archery shoot coming up, and it's in honor of a fallen warrior from Montana who is beloved by many across the state, Master Sgt. McNary from Lewistown. Check out the details on the Montana Veterans Meat Locker Facebook page by clicking here.

Also taking place on March 27th at Miller's Horse Palace is the next Veterans Meat Locker meat giveaway for veterans in Billings. Here are the details:

We will be hosting a drive up style meat giveaway for ALL Service Members and family members of a Service Member on March 27th from 1pm - 3pm, at Miller’s Horse Palace. They are located just off the interstate between Billings and Laurel at 7215 Mossmain Lane, Billings MT 59106. Bring your proof of service and come grab a bag. We ran out last year so come early to make sure you can get a bag.
Prior Report from January 26, 2021: Veterans Meat Locker Gives Out 2,000 Pounds in Carbon County |
Credit Veterans Meat Locker
Credit Veterans Meat Locker

The concept is pretty simple, yet the output and the effort is incredible: collect donations of domestic and wild game meat from ranchers and hunters, and donate it to veterans and their families.

I first got to see the Veterans Meat Locker in action a few years ago at the VFW bar on the Billings Southside. It was an impressive bag of meat- whether beef, venison, goose, or elk. The concept has since grown all across Montana, with several Veterans Meat Locker programs across the state.

Over the weekend the Veterans Meat Locker handed out over 2,000 pounds of meat to more than 100 veterans.

Hats off to KTVQ-TV for covering their 106-mile loop in Carbon County. Jerad Werning grew up in Edgar and deployed overseas with the Army National Guard. He told Q2 that a veterans meat giveaway in Carbon County made a lot of sense:

I figured it would be a good place. We get a lot of donations from Carbon County of wild game and beef, so why not give back to the community? We just planned to do a loop to hit all of Carbon County as much as we could.

Here's how the program works:

We pay for the processing at a reduced fee and pick up the meat from the processors. The meat is stored frozen and distributed to Veterans at meat giveaways or on a as need basis. That veteran must be able to provide valid proof(VA card, DD214, any other valid form) of being a veteran, once proof is displayed, we furnish the veteran with an amply amount of meat, free of charge, to sustain him or her for a couple weeks.

Click here to follow the Veterans Meat Locker and to find out more info.


****** 2000 LBS TO 108 VETERANS *******

What an awesome giveaway in Carbon County! Great job Jerad Werning for...

Posted by Montana Veteran's Meat Locker on Sunday, January 24, 2021



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