August 23, 2016
By Peggy Schnack, Fellow
Peggy (right) arrives at the Charlie Class 2016 Orientation service project on July 23, 2016 in Minneapolis.
Peggy Schnack is an Air Force veteran, a 2016 Charlie Class Fellow serving with Habitat for Humanity, and will run the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) with Team Mission Continues on October 30, 2016.
As I sit here watching the Olympic Games, contemplating what The Mission Continues means to me, I realize that like the Olympics, Mission Continues brings diverse people together to achieve things that they may not have thought possible.
A year ago I did not know what I was doing or where I was headed. I had graduated from seminary, but depression quickly took over my life. I did not identify with being a veteran or much of anything else. Part of my healing has come from rediscovering and reconnecting with who I am.
While I floundered I sought connection and community, but did not know where to find it. I needed somewhere that it was okay to be broken; where people would not pressure me to be anything I was not feeling up to at the moment but would be there for me when I needed support.