The Mission Continues challenges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America by awarding community service fellowships to post 9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Many veterans struggle to find the same purpose at home as they found in the mission, camaraderie and structure of the military. The Mission Continues does not offer charity; Rather, it challenges returning service members to utilize their tremendous skills and leadership to continue serving our country at home. Through service, veterans find renewed strength and purpose while building stronger communities. Our mission is fueled by a deep belief that our veterans are assets whose leadership is needed now more than ever here at home.
Founded in 2007 by CEO Eric Greitens (a Navy SEAL)
CEO: Eric Greitens
At The Mission Continues, we believe that the five million men and women who have served in uniform since 9/11 are among our country’s greatest assets. Through service, both in the military and at home, they have the power to inspire our nation. By challenging this generation of veterans to focus their leadership skills on their communities, The Mission Continues asks them to pursue a new mission of service, as a civic leader.
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 nonprofit organization of their choice addressing key educational, environmental or social issues.
To date, we have offered more than 450 fellowships to veterans to serve at nonprofit organizations across 41 states. Our Fellows have worked to address issues ranging from mentoring at-risk youth to wildlife conservation and from disaster preparedness to homelessness. These experiences 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 the men and women who have served.
Just as communities have flourished as a result our Fellows’ service, so too have the lives of our Fellows as they transitioned into meaningful careers, continued education and ongoing roles of service.
FIVE CORE VALUES
1. Work Hard. We work hard. We work hard because excellence is achieved through extraordinary effort.
2. Trust. We are trustworthy. Trust is the foundation of our team. We earn trust by completing every mission with integrity.
3. Learn and Grow. We learn and grow by attacking great challenges with great intensity.
4. Respect. We earn respect through the achievement of excellence. We communicate to everyone around us: you are worthy and you have the potential to contribute.
5. Have Fun. We have fun. Our work is a source of joy and enriches our lives.