The June 2018 Update


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Noah Siple took the stage at TEDx Boise on May 5th. With close to a year of preparation, he represented Mission43 and the veteran community impeccably in front of an audience that typically hears the “damaged” or “victim mentality” veteran message. It’s always a great opportunity when that image can be turned upside down and the public sees firsthand how those who served have been, and will continue to be, a great asset to the community. Noah’s talk will be available this month on YouTube and we’ll be sure to let you know when it is released. Big thanks and congratulations to Noah Siple!


We had our first M43 member graduate with a bachelor’s degree using the services of Guild Education. In addition to providing personalized weekly advising, Guild helped this individual obtain academic credit for what he had already accomplished professionally and academically, and apply this credit towards a degree. Since earning his bachelor’s, he is now working with Guild to earn a master’s degree!

In addition, Guild recently announced a national partnership with Walmart. All part-time and full-time Walmart employees can receive full tuition coverage to earn a bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University’s online program. Mission43 can now expand educational opportunities for those employed by Wal-Mart. This may be a great option for those with no current education benefits, who want to obtain their bachelor’s degree. Work with Hire Heroes USA and Guild to make that possible. Read more about Guild’s new partnership in this Forbes article.


Hire Heroes USA hosted their first virtual employment workshop on May 9th. Normally, the Idaho team will conduct these in-person around the state, but now members have access to the same great training and are not limited by location. We consider working with Hire Heroes USA one of the most important milestones for veterans and military spouses in the transition process, and now this opportunity has become more accessible for Mission43 members to be successful.


Through a unique partnership between Team Rubicon and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), over 60 participants earned their Type 2 Wildland Firefighter Qualification (aka “Red Card”) May 4-7th at the National Interagency Firefighting Center in Boise. As we enter the summer fire season, those who completed the course now have the opportunity to deploy and be paid, for serving on the front lines against wildfires with the BLM. This Red Card training experience could easily become the start of many new careers protecting our public lands.


The first 43INC Entrepreneurs Garage cohort concluded on May 9th with the presentation of the Boise State University Venture College Pitch Badge to the six veterans and military spouses who went through the course. Over a period of 10 weeks, this program transformed ideas into actionable steps and provided connections to those in the community looking to help Idaho startups succeed. The final day included a four-minute “Shark Tank” style pitch, which provided critical feedback and interest from the business and entrepreneur leaders who attended. The next Garage course will start in the fall and we can’t wait to meet the next cohort!

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We had a great 43INC Happy Hour turnout at Mad Swede brewing. Here are a few of the connections and takeaways from the event:

  • A member who registered for Hire Heroes USA services just days prior met the CEO of a fast-growing Idaho-based company and was asked to provide his resume to their HR director. Lesson: We’ll do all we can to help, but opportunities don’t happen unless you are proactive in creating them.

  • An Air Force NCO stationed at Mountain Home AFB, who is about to leave Active Duty, and his wife attended their first Mission43 event. They met a ton of people, he connected in-person with his Hire Heroes USA Transition Specialist, and his wife met the owner of a company looking to hire someone with her medical expertise. Lesson: We learned, like a lot of us experience, that the required military transition programs don’t adequately prepare you for civilian life and there is no support is provided to the military spouses. Hire Heroes USA can help with both!

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For Memorial Day, we enjoyed spending the day with our friends at Higher Ground Sun Valley for the Carry the Load Rally in Ketchum. This was a way to honor the day in an active and meaningful way. The day included the Murph workout (1 mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, 1 mile run) in the town square, a 3-mile hike with many carrying packs bearing the pictures of friends or family lost in combat, followed by a great community gathering in the square to enjoy food, drink, and live music. Already looking forward to next year!


43INC with Lisa Hallett on Friday, June 22nd

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Lisa Hallett is the President and co-founder of wear blue: run to remember. On August 25, 2009, Lisa’s husband, CPT John Hallett was killed when his Stryker was attacked with an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan.

Surviving the loss or her husband, best friend, and father of her three young children, Lisa turned to running. She soon found a community that needed the same kind of support that running gave her. Creating wear blue gave Lisa a healthy outlet for her grief and a path to move forward, and she’s committed to sharing that with others.

Join us as we sit down with Lisa and hear her inspirational story. We’ll be back at The Olympic Venue in Boise with food, drink, and a chance to connect with others involved in the M43 community. RSVP today!

wear blue: run to remember on June 23rd

Lisa Hallett, our featured guest at 43INC and co-founder of wear blue, will lead us in Idaho’s first wear blue Saturday run event. This begins with a circle of remembrance where we call out the name(s) for whom we run and then we push onward to honor and remember the fallen on a 4-mile run (2-mile walking route available).

Stick around with the family after the run. We’ll grab lunch and a drink at Payette Brewing.

DISCOUNT CODE Get your wear blue shirts today. For a limited time, a discount code is available for friends of Mission43 in the wear blue online store. Use code “MISSION43WB” at checkout.


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Announcing the M43 Twilight Criterium VIP Tent

The Twilight Criterium is an iconic Boise bike race through the heart of downtown. You don’t have to be into cycling to enjoy this one! We’ll have a VIP tent right at the start-finish line of the race with food and drink for M43 members and families.

RSVP coming soon. Space is limited and we’ll send a special early RSVP opportunity to those who have been active at M43 events.

  • Date: Saturday, July 14th
  • Location: Downtown Boise

June Charity Miles: Run or Walk

Don’t worry about ability level, this is a great family-friendly fitness event. Chad Rohr, one of our Hire Heroes USA Transition Specialists, leads our monthly Charity Miles event. When you log miles on the Charity Miles app walking, running, or biking, money is donated on your behalf to a charity of your choice.

  • Date: Monday, June 4th
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Location: Payette Brewing Boise


Here’s a quick overview of more opportunities through the rest of the summer! Head to the Mission43 Events page to learn more. 

  • July 17th: Hire Heroes USA Workshop at Boise State University

  • August 15th and 22nd: Hire Heroes USA Virtual Employment Workshop

  • September 9th: 9.11 Moving Tribute. The 2018 shirt will be available in the Mission43 store in the coming weeks. Get yours today and help spread the word about this year’s Moving Tribute. Cover as much distance as you can on a 2.5-mile course in the Eagle foothills, as an individual or team. We’ll start at 8:46am when the first tower was hit and go strong until 5:00pm.

NEW! Community Partner Opportunities and Events Page

We want to make sure you know about opportunities with our community partners who are active in helping M43 be successful in Idaho. Although these are not run by Mission43 or pillar partners, we think you might be interested!

Click here to see the events and opportunities!