The Mission Continues Honors Dr. King’s Legacy Through National Day Of Service Projects Exemplifying His Core Values

PRESS RELEASE

Martin Luther King Jr.’s eight core values from the Civil Rights Movement will be the center of veteran-led service projects happening in cities around the country

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Leading up to and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Mission Continues, a national veterans’ nonprofit, will commemorate Dr. King’s legacy through large-scale community service. Veteran volunteers with the organization will apply their skills in over 45 cities nationwide to transform communities and create lasting impact. A selection of these cities and their projects have been identified as representations of the core values Dr. King preached during the Civil Rights Movement: Nonviolence, Hope, Equality, Faith, Education, Love, Leadership and Selflessness.

“Dr. King unified and mobilized millions of people as forces for change in their community. He and his values are an inspiration to all of us,” said Spencer Kympton, U.S. Army veteran and president of The Mission Continues. “It’s only fitting that we honor him and carry on those values by bringing service-minded people together in veteran-led community action, all across the country.”

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Missouri Attorney General Closes Investigation into The Mission Continues

Dear Supporter,

Nearly a year ago, I made a public pledge to you as our partner: a commitment to transparency, honesty and openness. I promised that despite the turbulence of 2018 stemming from the unauthorized use of our donor list, that The Mission Continues would honor our commitment to veterans and our mission above all else.

Today, I’m pleased to share with you that on December 28, 2018, the Office of the Missouri Attorney General officially closed the investigation into The Mission Continues in matters related to the misappropriation of our resources and unauthorized use of our donor list. In keeping with the previous findings by the City of St. Louis and Missouri House of Representatives, the Attorney General of Missouri found no evidence that warrants an enforcement action against The Mission Continues, its leadership, employees or Board of Directors.

In part, the Office of The Attorney General of Missouri stated:

In our investigation of these issues—and others not stated herein—we have issued dozens of subpoenas, conducted interviews with and depositions of numerous witnesses, and reviewed documents comprising hundreds of thousands of pages. Based on a thorough and careful review of the relevant evidence, we have concluded that the evidence does not warrant taking enforcement action against TMC.

Because we have not found evidence that anyone in a position of responsibility at TMC knew of or authorized the misappropriation of charitable resources, we do not believe that the evidence supports an enforcement action against TMC on this issue. For the foregoing reasons, we are closing our file regarding this matter.”

As we said from the beginning – The Mission Continues did not provide, nor authorize the use of, the list for political or campaign purposes. We value the trust our donors and volunteers place in us, and we did not break that trust.

Our team never wavered in our focus to empower veterans and communities through continued service. Thank you for your steadfast belief in our team and support of our mission. Our work truly brings us joy, and we have much to be excited about in 2019. We look forward to serving alongside you in the year ahead.

Charlie Mike,

Spencer Kympton

Philadelphia 1st Service Platoon Expands Operation with the Help of JROTC Students

After 2 years of working at Edison High School, Philadelphia 1st Platoon is expanding their operation to include additional schools throughout the district.

In order to ensure that the expansion and growth is done in a strategic, human-centered way, our staff (City Impact Manager Stephanie Grimes and Regional Project Specialist Marvin Cadet) traveled to Philadelphia to facilitate a visioning and design session with stakeholders from the Philadelphia School Districts Office of Special Education and leadership and JROTC students from Martin Luther King High School.

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Reaching New Heights in 2019

When my son was younger, I loved reading him a children’s book about a community in Chad, Africa. Following the rainy season each year, neighbors came together to rebuild the local school, which they’d made the previous year from mud bricks. The bricks eroded in the rains, and people of all ages joined hands to erect a new building. It is a beautiful tale of shared experience and purpose.

I’m drawn to stories of collective action: modern “barn raisings” where communities come together to build playgrounds in urban centers, revitalize and restore our schools, and repair homes for those in need. It’s both the outcome(structures that are needed by the community) and the process (endeavors that bring people together in sweat, challenge, and joy) that make these stories inspiring.

As a country, we seem to have lost our way in this regard. As we succumb to the many forces that divide us, we lose out on both the structures, and the bonds, that result from shared experience and shared purpose.

The good news is that there are ways to restore this human characteristic and long-standing aspect of our country’s history. With your help, The Mission Continues is building a veteran-led movement to recapture unity. By locking arms in support of shared missions, veterans and their neighbors are addressing important needs in under-resourced communities across the country.

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No one deserves to endure what I did as a transgender soldier

By Joey Wimple, volunteer

I loved being a soldier and I am proud to be a transgender person. No one deserves to endure what I did.

I had the desire to join the Army as a result of two driving forces. The first, my grandfather was a disabled World War II Veteran who fell madly in love with my grandmother, an Army nurse who treated his wounds. As you can tell by that quick anecdote, military service was deeply rooted into my family’s framework.

The second motive to enlist was that I desperately needed to feel a connection to something. I needed some sense of belonging. I needed a community. My childhood was fairly grim and clouded. Being transgender but not being able to identify my feelings to an actual concept caused me to have crippling social anxiety and overwhelming sorrow.

Joey Wimple

I isolated myself, and fell into a deep, daunting, depression. It was as if I was drowning.

I needed to belong to a group and contribute to a cause larger than myself. I had no time to waste–I left home for the United States Army at the age of 17, a few days after my high school graduation.

I embraced serving and I absolutely loved it.

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Walking with the Wounded, and What it Meant to Veteran Frankie Perez

Earlier this year Puerto Rico Service Platoon Leader Frankie Perez embarked on a 3 month, 1000 mile journey, walking across America with three British and two American veterans with Walking with the Wounded. The group started in Los Angeles on June 2nd and finished in New York City September 6th with a special appearance from former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.

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This January, Build Your #LegacyOfService

It is our duty as veteran leaders to inspire change

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on the principles of equality and selflessness that Dr. King embodied. Dr. King believed in celebrating and promoting the worth of every person. He championed for diverse cultures to live and thrive together in a spirit of love, understanding and service to one another.

Through his example, Dr. King challenged and empowered individuals to take action and lift up their neighbors and communities by volunteering. This January, The Mission Continues is issuing a call to serve through our campaign #LegacyofService.

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Hometown Huddle: A Detroit Veteran’s Day and MLK Day Collaboration

By Emily Ferstle, City Impact Manager

On Veterans Day, The Mission Continues Detroit Platoons were joined by The Detroit Lions, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Comerica Bank, and Caniff Electric Supply Co. for a day of impact at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan.

Veterans, civilians, community members, and corporate partner employees joined forces to make an impact in the lives of Detroit youth. The Lloyd H. Diehl clubhouse serves 60-100 children and teens daily, and is in continuous need of support to create and maintain a safe, welcoming environment for the youth to gather, learn, and play.

Check out the impact we made for Veterans Day and join us for more during our MLK Day of Service at the clubhouse for Blue Door Blitz!

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