New York Platoons Celebrate Veterans Day 2014

November 13, 2014

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The Mission Continues had the honor this Veterans Day to march in America’s Parade alongside members of the New York State Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Guard.

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The Bronx Service Platoon kicked off the morning with a neighborhood beautification project. In just three hours, veterans and community volunteers prepared a garden for the winter, created mosaics, enhanced over 20 tree pits, and removed and relocated over 2.5 tons of stone.

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Meanwhile, 1st Platoon New York joined thousands of veterans in the annual Veterans Day Parade.

“I’m delighted to see that there are organizations like The Mission Continues that really provide a path and opportunity for veterans, especially this newer generation of veterans to really giveback to our communities,” said Jamal Othman, deputy director at the New York State Department of Veterans Affairs. “As veterans we joined the military because we wanted to give back to something larger than ourselves.”

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Veterans Day has come and gone. The parade and the project served as an opportunity to inform New York City as well as the rest of the country that this generation of veterans is leaving the military and finding new ways to serve. It’s vital that the nation understands this all year round, and not just on November 11 every year. Our commitment and service is ongoing.

A Look Back at #ServiceSummit

November 11, 2014

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There were countless words of wisdom and proactive discussions during our first annual Service Platoon Summit, but one sentence really wrapped it up:

“We’re proud to be stewards of our communities.”

That was Phoenix Service Platoon Leader Rachel Gutierrez speaking about the role and responsibility of service platoon leaders at The Mission Continues. Nearly 50 platoon and squad leaders represented all 30 service platoons in Boston for a weekend of leadership growth, best practice development and lessons learned from the first year of the program.

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Gen. Dana Born addresses #ServiceSummit attendees.

Our veteran leaders came away with vital tools given by great leaders, including retired Air Force General Dana Born, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The renowned school hosted our discussion panels capped with tour on campus.

The Service Platoon Summit couldn’t have been possible without the generous support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, our lead sponsor for the event, as well as Southwest Airlines and Bain Capital. The Kennedy School was a great host for our learning lessons.

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Washington, D.C. Service Platoon Leaders after at #ServiceSummit.

It’s Veterans Day today, when parades and concerts will end. But the platoon and squad leaders captured a sense of leadership, purpose, and camaraderie in Boston that they’ll take back to their communities across the country. We look forward to seeing their platoons grow.

Veteran Leaders on the Move for the First #ServiceSummit

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When patriots gathered in Boston Harbor to protest taxation without representation, they set out against the unknown to change their conditions for a better future.

Nearly 50 platoon and squad leaders from The Mission Continues will carry that same spirit this weekend as we kick off the first annual Service Platoon Summit, hosted by Harvard’s Kennedy School.

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Building a Lifelong Legacy of Service in St. Louis

October 31, 2015
Steve Johnston

Steve Johnston is one of the first supporters of The Mission Continues and current chairman of the St. Louis Leadership Committee.  His family is a Gold Sponsor for The Mission Continues 5th Annual Veterans Day Gala on November 1st. In this blog post, he reflects on the early days of The Mission Continues and how watching the organization grow over the last seven years has been one of his greatest joys.   Continue reading “Building a Lifelong Legacy of Service in St. Louis”

Making History Every Day

October 29, 2014
Dr. Libby O’Connell

Dr. Libby O’Connell is the Chief Historian and Senior Vice President of Corporate Outreach for History Channel. History Channel is proud supporter of The Mission Continues and a Gold Sponsor for the 5th Annual Veterans Day Gala on Saturday, November 1st in St. Louis, Missouri. In this post, she reflects with gratitude on the men and women who are returning home from war and building a positive legacy of service for future generations to follow.  Continue reading “Making History Every Day”

Team Mission Continues Cruises at Marine Corps Marathon

October 28, 2014
After months of training, thousands of dedicated runners laced up their shoes and took to the streets of our nation’s capital on Sunday, completing the grueling 26.2 mile course of the 39th Annual Marine Corps Marathon.

For 37 of these runners. the long journey across the finish line was about more than pushing their mind and bodies as far as they could go. It was about supporting successful transitions for our country’s returning troops by fundraising more than $49,821.47  for The Mission Continues.

Congratulations Team Mission Continues #missionaccomplished!

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Photo Credit: Marvin Cadet

 

The Compass Awards: Recognizing the Leadership of Veterans at Home

October 22, 2014

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Admiral Mike Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, referred to the nationwide support for veterans and service members as a “Sea of Goodwill.” At The Mission Continues, we’re lucky to be the beneficiary of our own “Sea of Goodwill,” a community of individuals, foundations and corporations that share our belief in the capacity of this generation of veterans to lead at home.

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A Band of Baseball Brothers

October 22, 2014
Bill Dolanzo

With the MLB World Series underway and Veterans Day on the horizon, there isn’t a better time than now to talk about baseball, motivation and service.

Over the last three years, I’ve had the privilege to coach a select youth baseball team called Flying Tigers. I have seen how much our country values military service. I have also seen how supporting veterans motivated a baseball team to give their best in the pursuit of something special ─ how service motivated them to play the game of baseball the way it is supposed to be played.

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