August 2, 2014
“I know the kids are going to go crazy on Monday, the ones that are here are already smiling, that somebody says there are people who love you…It makes them feel good. We feel like that just because you’re in the inner center doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the best.”
The veterans of 1st Platoon Los Angeles recently deployed to Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. The center provides a safe and nurturing environment where boys and girls ages 8 to 18 can participate in academic enrichment programs and recreational activities exploring a world of opportunities.
Every day, our team is privileged to hear stories of service direct from the source – the cadre of Mission Continues Fellows, Service Platoon members, volunteers and supporters who have made it their missions to report for duty in their communities.
Every day, they share stories of compassion – a veteran working one-on-one with a young student and motivating them to make positive choices and pursue their education. They share stories of action – a team of veterans coming together to demo a wall, build a garden and refurbish a community center in one afternoon. They share stories of innovation – an 11-year old who wanted to make a difference, so he raised enough money to fund a fellowship by knocking out more than 600 push-ups in an hour in exchange for donations.
Our goal is to put our action into words. You can expect to hear from veterans across the country and from all walks of life. We’ll examine what it means to be a post-9/11 veteran and how service can play an active role in a service member’s transition home. We’ll open up the discussion to hear from community members, corporations and foundations. We’ll ask you to participate along the way too. So, join us in this year of storytelling, and help us change the national conversation about veterans so that this generation leaves a legacy of service and success.
August 1, 2014
On February 12, 2007 I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, pledging to defend my country against all enemies foreign and domestic. I knew that my life would never be the same, but I still wanted to serve my country as so many great men and women had done before me. I could have never imagined in my wildest dreams where this would take me and what was yet to come.
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