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

Compass Award Winners 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.

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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.

Team photo 2014 (1)

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Ready to Run

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”

#TBT: The Mission Continues on The Daily Show

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.

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To: All Personnel being Discharged from the Army of the United States

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. 

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Why Data Matters

October 9, 2014
Oliver Gould

Phoenix Platoon

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.

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Stumbling Upon a Passion to Serve

October 6, 2014
Katie Hector


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.

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