Keeping Our Heroes’ Legacies Alive

February 11, 2015
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Imagine sitting in your car on your daily commute.  You turn on the radio and hear a song you immediately connect with.  It’s happened to you before, but this song is different.  The lyrics you just heard were written by a fallen American hero.

You carry that song with you all day, humming the tune, replaying the words.  What you’re doing, really, is keeping that hero’s memory alive. Continue reading “Keeping Our Heroes’ Legacies Alive”

How to Take Flight at your Fellowship

Toby Magavero walked into the building without knowing a thing about condors. He left with a mission to conserve their part in a fragile ecosystem.

As part of his six-month Fellowship with The Mission Continues in 2013, Toby served in Boise, Idaho at the Peregrine Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to saving birds of prey from extinction. It was a long way from Kosovo and Iraq, where Toby served a tour as a cavalry scout in each country.

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A Call to Continued Service

February 6, 2015

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and the Joint Chiefs issued a new call to serve this week in a letter to be distributed to all transitioning service members.

“You have made your mark in uniform and represent the strength of our Nation,” the letter read. “We know you will do the same as veterans, setting the example for the next generation of veterans to follow … It has been our greatest privilege to serve with you, and we look forward with pride to what your future holds. We know it will be extraordinary.”

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Returning to Orientation as a Leader

February 2, 2015
Yasin Jackson

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I’m not sure where my story begins. So let’s begin where I am now.

Today, I’m a Mission Continues Fellow serving as the project coordinator at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and my six-month commitment is just about coming to an end. When it does, I will take on two new roles: as a community project assistant at the Department of Education, and as platoon leader for the New York 1st Service Platoon.

I took the long way to get here. When I left the Army in 2007, I was excited about the life ahead of me. I had planned to go back to school and finish college and suspected that finding a job would be a snap. But it didn’t work out that way, and in two years, my husband and I struggled to pay for food and the mortgage. We bounced around the country, often with no roof over our head.

I felt like a failure. Even though I continued to go to school, I could not find a job and was barely hanging on emotionally. I felt like everything I did was doomed to fail and that at any moment I would be homeless again with no way out.

A couple years ago we moved in with my father, and I kept going out there looking for work, and when that didn’t pan out I returned to school. In early 2014, I first caught wind of The Mission Continues.

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Alpha 2015: Forging our Newest Fellows and Platoon Leaders

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Over the weekend, more than 100 veterans converged in Houston to take their service and leadership to the next level.

As the newest class of Fellows at The Mission Continues, these veterans came from 23 states for a full weekend of leadership development, skills training, and one of the most important tools—teambuilding. Most of the newly minted Fellows didn’t know anyone involved in the program before the weekend, but when they left on Sunday, they left as members of a new unit.

Today is their first day in their six-month journey to discover untapped potential and a love of continued service. Through June, 98 Fellows will report to their host organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, the USS Missouri Memorial, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, with a focus on enhancing their community through service.

In a first of our orientation weekends, 13 new Service Platoon Leaders were also commissioned and charged with leading teams of veterans to tackle pressing community challenges.

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Veterans to Take New Oath of Service in Houston

January 21, 2015

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Veterans gather following a service project at Charlie Class Orientation in September of 2014.

More than 100 veterans from across the country will gather in Houston this weekend and take new oaths of service as community leaders. The majority of the veterans in attendance are the newest recruits of The Mission Continues Fellowship Program, a competitive service program through which veterans volunteer with a local nonprofit organization for six months, building new community connections and gaining experience that will help them achieve full-time employment or pursue higher education.

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Nine Missions, Nine Cities: New Service Platoons Deploying Nationwide

January 16, 2015

10329817_10152978807729798_6916991621704014540_oMembers of the Orlando Service Platoon following an event in January 2015.

Teams of veterans are forming nationwide as the newest Mission Continues Service Platoons. The Service Platoon Program brings together teams of veterans with local community organizations and volunteers to build stronger communities. United by the common bond of military service, platoons offer veterans the opportunity to make an impact in their community, and connect with others through regular social and networking events. It’s also an opportunity to serve alongside a motivated team and tackle a tough and meaningful mission.

The newest platoons will be located in the following cities:

Boston, MA Houston, TX New York, NY
Cleveland, OH Kansas City, MO San Jose, CA
Columbia, MO Los Angeles, CA Washington, D.C.

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