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It’s hard to say where the eight homeless military veterans staying at the Willis Cruse Transitional Facility will be at this time next year.

The Helena home offers temporary housing to veterans who are receiving physical and mental health services while working to become self-sufficient.

However, the home is now for sale after a reduction in the number of beds that qualify for VA funding coupled with a requirement for 24-hour staffing seven days a week left the organization with serious financial troubles.

Whether the Montana Veterans Foundation or another organization will be able to continue operating the home has yet to be determined.

And while we are grateful that the VA will not abandon the Willis Cruse home’s clients, it’s disheartening to see the lives of these men further complicated by this uncertainty.


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As some of the candidates at a Wednesday night forum in Helena correctly said, nobody wants to serve on a school board because it’s fun.

The hours are lousy. The pay is non-existent. And no matter what you do, it’s going to make some people really mad.

For these reasons, some communities have hard time finding enough people to fill all of their school board positions.

But here in Helena, the voters have options.

Six brave souls are sacrificing time and money to campaign for the two positions up for election on the Helena Public Schools K-12 Board of Trustees. And we are grateful to all of them for taking the time to introduce themselves to the community at this week’s forum, which was hosted by the Independent Record. 

We also want to thank the roughly 75 community members who gave up their evening to attend the forum, as well as the 1,400 people who viewed the video of it online.

The school board has a profound impact on our children and our community, and it’s great to see people getting involved.


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