Where to find facilities:
VA Montana has primary care clinics in Anaconda, Billings, Bozeman, Miles City, Glendive, Glasgow, Great Falls, Missoula, Kalispell and Cut Bank, which opened Jan. 7 and a new facility will soon be opening in Havre.
These toll-free hotlines offer immediate help:
• VA National Suicide Prevention Hotline
• National Guard Military One Source
• National VA Nurse Line (for health information)
866-369-8020. This number is answered 24/7.
To enroll in VA health care, call 406-447-7325 or toll-free 877-468-837 during week days to reach Fort Harrison in Helena. After hours, call 406-442-6410 and ask for the medical duty officer.
Ashland soldier arrives home
By LAURA TODE
Of The Gazette Staff
When Army Staff Sgt. Lloyd Tallbull landed in the U.S. after 13 months in Afghanistan he started thinking of home cooking. Tallbull arrived in Billings on Sunday and was greeted at Billings Logan International Airport by family and friends. But it wasn't until he arrived in his hometown of Ashland that he finally sat down his favorite meal, menudo and frybread. Menudo is nothing you'd want to try anywhere but at your mother's table.
"It's basically cow guts - good Indian food," he said, explaining his favorite dish.
Tallbull has 30 days leave and plans to spend it with his four children, Shontee, 17, Phillip, 13, Shaylie, 12, and Sierra, 7.
"Basically it's up to them, whatever they want me to do," Tallbull said.
Tallbull is in the 101st Airborne Division, based in Fort Campbell, Ky.
While in Afghanistan, he worked on a team securing supply routes that delivered water, food and ammunition to troops deep within the country's borders. He was stationed at a post that was at an altitude of between 7,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level.
Tallbull joined the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Two years ago, he served a year's duty in Iraq. He was recently awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in service while in Afghanistan. The Bronze Star is the fourth highest combat award for members of the U.S. military.