A commander’s intent is a mission planning framework used in the military to succinctly define and describe an operation’s success.
+ Our mission in 2017: To empower veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.
+ Why do we do this: We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.
+ How will we reach mission success?
1. Launch four classes of Mission Continues Fellows and Service Platoon Leaders.
Mission Continues Fellows will deploy in their communities for six-months at nonprofit and civic organizations while working toward personal and professional goals. Each fellowship is unique and the responsibilities are designed to match the passion of each veteran with the mission of the host organization.
‘verb’ – A shorthand directive used in the U.S. Military for “Continue the Mission.”
Thousands did it in 2016.
From the Pacific Northwest to Joplin, Missouri to South Florida, men and women who served our country in the military reported for duty again – in their hometowns. They answered our call to “Charlie Mike”…and our neighborhoods are stronger because they did.
They did it in many ways. Over 300 of them reported for duty as Mission Continues Fellows – committing six months of volunteer service at organizations like the National Parks Conservation Association, Hands On Atlanta, and the YWCA of San Antonio.
Spencer Kympton, president of The Mission Continues and seated at far right, joins other veteran leaders on December 1, 2016, in Washington, DC.
Since our founding, we have always been a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing together veterans and innovative organizations to create transformational change for communities in need all across the country. The past nine years of service have inspired countless opportunities to learn and grow as a nonprofit uniquely focused on empowering veterans. In that spirit, we joined nearly 30 organizations serving our veterans and military families this morning to share our experience at the first outside meeting with members of the Presidential Transition Office focused on veteran support.
Spencer Kympton, center, addresses Charlie Class 2014 Fellows at their orientation in Los Angeles.
General Mark A. Milley, 39th Chief of Staff of the Army, will recognize Spencer Kympton, president of The Mission Continues, with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award for his leadership of the national nonprofit organization and dedication to supporting our veterans and military families. The award is the third-highest public service honor the Army can bestow upon a civilian.
The Mission Continues is a national non-profit that connects veterans to opportunities to serve again—here at home. It’s a unique model that empowers veterans to build new skills and networks that help them successfully reintegrate to life after the military while making long-term, sustainable transformations in communities and inspiring future generations to serve.
Since taking helm of the organization as president in 2014, Kympton—an US Army veteran—has seen The Mission Continues continue its growth in scale and impact with nearly 10,000 veterans participating in community service across the country. Operations in cities nationwide now deploy veteran volunteers alongside non-profit partners and community leaders to solve some of the most challenging issues facing our communities. More than 60 teams of veterans and community volunteers have mobilized across the country through our Service Platoon Program, and thousands more have been engaged to date through the The Mission Continues Fellowship Program.
The Mission Continues empowers military veterans who are adjusting to life at home find purpose through community impact. That is our sole purpose. We were founded nearly 10 years ago as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. Everything we do is designed to help veterans build new connections while making a positive difference in their communities.
“We are proud to be backed by a diversity of supporters who are united in their belief that veterans are leaders with much more to give to help make our country great,” said Spencer Kympton, president of The Mission Continues. “We work to help veterans and underserved communities– not political parties or candidates.”
OUT OF MANY, ONE – designed by Muriel Stockdale, constructed in 2011 by the diverse community of Charlotte’s Place in memory of 9/11
Last week was very painful for me. I understand that it may have been for you too.
It was painful for me because it began with great hope – but ended with such sadness. The hope came from hearing the many stories of renewal and restoration and relationship-building at The Mission Continues’ week-long deployment to Detroit for Operation Motown Muster. It was a tough week, but the impact was real. We had great successes, and we made mistakes. We found joy, and we experienced hardships. But through it all, we were reminded that when we work together – with our neighbors and fellow citizens – our best days may still be ahead.
This hope turned quickly to despair when the tragic events of last week brought the hard truth of life in America back into full view: we remain a country divided.
My heart hurts over the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. My heart hurts over the shooting deaths of the five law enforcement officers in Dallas: Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol, Sgt. Michael Smith, Officer Brent Thompson, and Officer Patrick Zamarripa. I mourn for all of their families, and for all of their communities. My soul aches over the fact that racial divisions and inequalities and injustice and fear are winning, while real people are losing. While real people are dying. No one in this country – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, profession, or any other way we choose to identify ourselves – should fear for their lives. And yet, many do.
Jacksonville, Fla. (April 25, 2016) – For years, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has funded organizations that share the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Through a continued partnership, WWP will be investing $9 million in The Mission Continues, another veteran service organization (VSO) that gives injured veterans a chance to use their skills and talents to give back to local communities.
In 1972, the American Institute for Public Service created the Jefferson Awards to recognize ordinary people who do extraordinary things for our country. Founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Jefferson Awards have become one of the most prestigious organizations dedicated to celebrating public service. Oprah Winfrey, Cory Booker, Ruth Bader Ginsburg are just some of the past honorees.
World War I ended with the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, but the fighting had actually stopped months earlier. According to an armistice signed by Germany and the Allies, hostilities ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
The following year, President Wilson declared November 11th as Armistice Day, forever marking its significance in American and world history. It was a day to honor the sacrifice and service of the men and women who fought in the ‘war to end all wars’. But, as importantly, it was a day to participate in exercises that promoted peace and mutual understanding – in hopes that conflicts so catastrophic would never happen again.