History of the RBVC
About the RBVC
The Rocky Boy Veterans Center (RBVC) is a Project of the American Legion Rocky Boy Veterans Post 67, an IRS 501(c)(19) tax exempt organization.
History of the Center
The American Legion Rocky Boy Veterans Post 67 was chartered on October 27, 2009 on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in Montana. Through the next year the post remained a minor entity and assisted Veterans on a small scale through the efforts of its service officer, this generally involved VA enrollment and benefits.
Currently the RBVC operates with four full-time staff members and volunteers and operates out of a small tribal owned building. The RBVC serves over 186 tribal enrolled Veterans on the reservation and another 121 throughout communities across the state. Additionally, another 32 tribal enrolled members are currently serving in the military. We estimate that 15 of these service members will be transitioning from the military within the year.
Since 2010 the post, through the RBVC, has expanded its services. In addition to the VBOC, the RBVC operates the following programs, Veteran Services, Honor Guard, and a Veteran Cemetery. Veteran Services is the largest and most in-depth program; through this program the RBVC assists Veterans with VA enrollments and benefits, unemployment and job placement, education, transportation services, and temporary financial assistance. Although not as comprehensive as Veteran Services, the Honor Guard program is considered the most important to the RBVC; it is in this capacity that the RBVC provides our final services to the Veteran and the final honor. Not including the VBOC, all the programs managed by the RBVC is funded solely through the efforts of fundraising activities.
Short term future objectives for the RBVC is to expand its Veterans Services program to outreach and assist Rocky Boy Veterans and Service Members in a greater capacity, by adding six staff members to the center. These positions will include two Tribal Veterans Representatives (TVRs), a Transition Assistance Coordinator, two Veteran Family case managers, and a Motor Transport Operator. Along with these staff positions, the RBVC will increase the number of vehicles to transport Veterans to medical appointments. Long term planning is being done for the construction of the RBVC building. This building will house all Veteran programs and activities, while also serving as a community center for the reservation. Funding for these program expansions will be sought from federal and foundation grants and through the continuation of fundraising activities.