According to its mission statement, The Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Mission Continues Fellows serve for six months at a local nonprofit organization addressing key educational, environmental or social issues. Each Fellow works to achieve a post-fellowship goal of full time employment and/or pursuit of higher education, while maintaining a permanent role of public service.
Each Fellow is also empowered to share their story and model of service in their community. Through veteran-led service projects, The Mission Continues brings veterans and civilians together in days of service nationwide. These projects are bridging the military-civilian divide, allowing veterans to feel more connected to their communities and helping civilians gain a better understanding of and appreciation for our men and women in uniform.
Driven by the deep belief that veterans are civic assets and leaders, The Mission Continues is built around challenging them to continue to serve here at home.
The Mission Continues was founded and is run by former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, who was wounded in combat, and who was recently named one of Time magaazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. "Veterans face a daunting environment as they return to civilian life after heroic service to our country…. Eric [Greitens] figured out how to provide transition services that fill the gaps between the Pentagon, the VA and local communities," writes retired Navy admiral and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen in Time.
To learn more about The Mission Continues and its programs, go to MissionContinues.org.