While Miami’s 1st Service Platoon has been dedicated to environmental conservation and stewardship, most of it has been done on land. They wanted to branch out to water-based efforts as well. They didn’t have to look far. Given how integral the water is to life in Florida and the ecosystem of South Florida, they decided to help in one of the places it’s needed most: dying coral reefs.
Coral reefs are the bedrock of life for many species of sea life, and are largely hailed as the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Their health is crucial, which makes any effort to help them all the more crucial as well.
The Miami 1st Service Platoon partnered with the University of Miami’s Rescue A Reef scientific team to send 40 veteran/active duty platoon members out on two coral reef restoration dives in Biscayne National Park. The group emplaced over 225+ corals and activated a new wave of veteran citizen scientists!
We wrapped up an incredible week in Puerto Rico for our two-day long service project, Operation El Morro: Independence Restoration on July 2nd-3rd.
The week started with a partnership gathering co-hosted with the National Parks Conservation Association. We wanted to bring together all current partners and our veteran leaders in Puerto Rico to celebrate our collective impact and discuss future projects.
It’s not controversial at this point to say that our nation is undergoing transformation, and the fight to define the path we take is having an enormous impact in every community around the country.
In our best moments as a nation, we’ve tapped military veterans as central players in those transformations, leaders at every level, from national strategy to community service. The time is here for another cohort of military leaders to enter the arena, to put their collective fingers on the scales and help define a path forward for the nation, to help work towards a more unified future.
(On duty with Operation Charm City Charge, a group of more than 90 veterans from 24 states, tackling pockets of the city that need their grit and greatness.)
It was 0900 on a Saturday morning and I was about to find out what I was made of—alongside some of America’s veterans. We were tackling vacant lots in Harlem Park West as part of The Mission Continues’ week-long Mass Deployment that chose Baltimore for what is called Operation Charm City Charge. On this day, veterans, community leaders and volunteers had 7 hours to make magic.
By Daniel Coleman, Service Leadership Corps Alumnus
I’m not sure what your name is, but I have a good idea of who you are. At some point, you felt the call and served in the military. Your experiences trained you to be a leader, a team member, and a strategic thinker, to be mission-oriented and focused on solutions rather than problems. You returned home to find your community in need of connection, investment, support, organization, and action. Maybe you had a smooth transition back, maybe your transition is rougher. Either way, you see some good that needs to be done in your community, and you want to be the change you hope to see. This post is for you.
The veterans’ nonprofit will fund programs designed to foster veteran and community empowerment.
NEW YORK (PRWEB) JUNE 20, 2019 — The Mission Continues has received a $3.5 million, two-year investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation to support strategic growth within their expanding veterans’ programs. The grant will provide a strong foothold for the veterans’ nonprofit as they invest in a rising movement of veterans creating meaningful impact in under-resourced communities through continued service.
The Dolphins recently chose The Mission Continues as their local community veteran partner as part of a larger NFL initiative, Huddle for 100. This is a national campaign aimed at involving NFL teams in volunteer service in honor of the 100th anniversary of the NFL.
Thursday, June 13, I woke up, groggy and exhausted, convinced the history I witnessed the night before was a dream. I reached for my phone and quickly realized that it was not a dream, I don’t even think I could have dreamt up something as miraculous as the St. Louis Blues bringing the cup home.
As a born and raised St. Louisan I have been lucky enough to see my fair share of playoff runs and championships with the St. Louis Cardinals. Conversely, I have also felt the reoccuring heartbreak of being a Blues fan. We would make it to the playoffs but never made it past the conference finals…in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2018, we didn’t even qualify. With a track record like that, it would be easy for a city to turn their backs on their team. Not this city.