October 22, 2014
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.
Continue reading “The Compass Awards: Recognizing the Leadership of Veterans at Home”
October 22, 2014
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.
Continue reading “A Band of Baseball Brothers”
October 20, 2014
The Marine Corps Marathon is just six days away and Elizabth Shirey is just one of 37 dedicated participants who will be running this weekend in our nation’s capital in support of The Mission Continues. Elizabeth is 26 and living in Los Angeles. This is her second consecutive year running the Marine Corps Marathon to fundraise for The Mission Continues. We conducted a short Q&A to get some insight into her motivation to run 26.2 miles twice in support of returning soldiers. Continue reading “Ready to Run”
October 16, 2014
Eric Greitens, founder of The Mission Continues, made his debut on the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last spring. His appearance coincided with the start of our 2013 Bravo Class Orientation and the induction of 70 veterans to The Mission Continues Fellowship Program.
Continue reading “#TBT: The Mission Continues on The Daily Show”
October 15, 2014
General Jonathan M. Wainwright served as the commander of Allied forces in the Philippines and is a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Following the war and the ensuing drawdown of military forces, Gen. Wainwright issued the following letter to all soldiers discharged from the United States Army. The charge to the soldiers exiting military service still rings true today – Start being a leader as soon as you put on your civilian clothes.
Continue reading “To: All Personnel being Discharged from the Army of the United States”
October 9, 2014
Dozens of Mission Continues Platoon Members formed up into teams and spread out across back alleys in the early morning darkness. Flashlight beams picked out shoes and lumpy sleeping bags poking out from behind dumpsters and under piles of debris. On closer inspection these dark forms became homeless men and women, many of them veterans, camped out on the back streets of Phoenix. The Platoon Members surveyed them one by one, learning about their needs so that a coalition of local agencies could find them housing and support to get back on their feet.
Continue reading “Why Data Matters”
October 6, 2014
Jeremy Bailey stumbled across The Mission Continues — literally.
He was on the discovery engine Stumble Upon, which recommends web content to users surfing the Internet, when he discovered The Mission Continues.
The timing couldn’t have been better: After launching and operating a business for six years following his separation from the Navy, Jeremy realized there was a void in his professional life.
Continue reading “Stumbling Upon a Passion to Serve”
For the second straight year, Outside Magazine has recognized The Mission Continues in its annual Best Places to Work survey, which measures job satisfaction among innovative practices and a healthy work-life balance.
To Marvin Cadet, an Iraq veteran and member of the 2013 Bravo Fellowship class, the ranking is as accurate as it is unsurprising. He joined the team after his Fellowship ended to boost grassroots fundraising.
Continue reading “A Great Place to Serve, A Great Place to Work”
October 1, 2014
The Charlie Class of 2014 reported for duty on Saturday, September 13th at the Good Shepherd Shelter (GSS). Veterans in blue t-shirts from all over the country poured out of their buses to embark on what the GSS staff called “Project Zowie.” The sun beamed down on Los Angeles, showing no mercy, but the Mission Continues Fellows were ready and eager to get to work.
Continue reading “Project Zowie – The Mission Continues at Good Shepherd Shelter”
September 29, 2014
When you think of a Marine combat engineer, you may imagine someone securing a beachhead for infantry to land, or clearing IEDs in Afghan culverts. You probably think of destruction, but for Ed Walsh, his path had led to artistic creation. Continue reading “From The Theater of War to the Theater of Arts”