Mission: The Mission Continues engages veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. We redeploy veterans in their communities so the legacy of this generation will be one of action and service. The Mission Continues focuses veterans’ spirit of service and harnesses the skills they learned in the military through two action-orientated programs: the Fellowship Program and the Service Platoon Program.
Results: The Mission Continues has awarded 840 fellowships to post-9/11 veterans across 48 states. These veterans have contributed more than $7 million worth of services.
91% of Fellows said they increased their professional network through the experience, and 100% of Fellows believe they are pursuing a meaningful new mission.
Target demographics: A Mission Continues Fellow is a post-9/11 veteran who has accepted the challenge to continue their service to our country by serving their community.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Fellows have served at more than 500 nonprofits, including the Boys and Girls Club, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship, Growing Washington and The Humane Society,
Geographic areas served: We serve veterans nationwide.
Programs: Through the Fellowship Program, post-9/11 veterans continue serving through six-month community service fellowships. For 26 weeks, Mission Continues Fellows volunteer for 20 hours a week at a nonprofit organization of their choice. They also complete a curriculum designed to propel them into their next phase of life, whether it’s meaningful employment or higher education. Fellows receive a living stipend while serving.
Mission Continues Service Platoons are teams of 30 to 45 veterans, of all generations, and active duty, guard and reservist service members. Platoons work together on the local level to tackle a specific mission in the community. In Washington, D.C., a platoon strives to reduce hunger among inner-city youth. In Phoenix, a platoon aims to eradicate veteran homelessness. Twenty-five platoons are launching across the country in 2014, solving problems here at home.
The Mission Continues is a wonderful experience for Veterans, their families, and friends. I highly recommend any veteran to join your local platoon and get out to get some fresh air, reconnect with your brothers and sisters in arms, and give back to your community.
I recently joined the San Diego 1st Platoon after moving down this way. I was looking to make friends and open up my social network and couldn't be happier. I know after the military, many of us do not feel as if we have a "mission" in life anymore. We found a job and go through the day to day grind, but after giving up 1 Saturday morning each month to do some simple handy work, it has given me a new light. I really enjoy working with my hands and hanging out with people who want to give back. It gives me a good sweat, some Vitamin D, and the ability to connect with those silly people who used to make us laugh in the smoke pit.
The Mission Continues also has a Fellowship program which can be a true life saver for any transitioning veteran who is looking for a career change. I refer many of my clients to the program and their feedback has been extremely positive. These stepping stones back to the civilian workforce is having drastic positive influences on my client's lives. Thank you for doing what you do. Please support this program, if not through donations, then with a physical presence. Thanks.
The Mission Continues is an amazing organization that gives veterans an opportunity to experience leadership in a whole new way. I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know its CEO and Founder, Eric Greitens and am continually inspired by their work. They provide disabled veterans and opportunity to learn new skills and enhance the ones they currently have. They are a shining example of what a veteran's organization should be!
The Mission Continues is a wonderful organization that allows our returning veterans to continue to serve their country as community leaders through various community outreach programs and fellowships. I have personally served as volunteer for several service projects over the last two years in St. Louis and have found that this organization makes a positive impact in our community. There are opportunities of volunteers of all ages to participate.