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Fellows, volunteers, staff, and supporters combined for a record year of service in 2012. This year, more than 300 post-9/11 veterans pursued distinctive and inspiring transitions to civilian life through Mission Continues fellowships. This means that over 500 veterans have challenged themselves as Fellows since our inception, and over 500 communities (in over 40 states) have benefited from their work and their impact. Those numbers make us feel especially festive this holiday season.
We welcomed our 2012 Alpha Class of Fellows in January to a pre-fellowship orientation in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the course of the weekend we witnessed this diverse group of veterans bond over a shared experience of service and sacrifice. In April we welcomed our 2012 Bravo Class, our 2012 Charlie Class in July, and our 2012 Delta Class in October. Current and alumni Fellows have continued to set the bar higher and higher for veterans across the country, and their continued service is inspiring countless more to give back to their communities.
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Alpha Class Fellow Roman Baca used his fellowship to travel back to Iraq to lead an innovative dance program for Iraqi youth. Fellow alum Nick Holman led over 200 volunteers at our Summer Service Slam in Columbia, Missouri. Chief Executive Officer and Founder Eric Greitens testified before Congress in March, followed by President Spencer Kympton's testimony on the work of The Mission Continues in June. Our Service Projects Team engaged thousands of volunteers in veteran-led service projects around 9/11 and Veterans Day.
We even released a brand new PSA in November.
But our work has only just begun. It is estimated that more than 300,000 military service members will leave the armed forces each year for the next three years. That's one million new veterans by 2015 - one million men and women seeking the same things we all want: a solid education, purposeful work, a healthy family, and a strong connection to their community.
Our challenge is to ensure that they embark on this new journey with sound footing. They deserve positive transitions from military to civilian lives. They deserve opportunities to serve again. As importantly, we NEED them to serve to again. They are coming home with an uncommon will, a strong history of service, and unique skills and experiences. Their continued service at home will strengthen our communities, just as it strengthens the veterans themselves.
Our mission will continue in earnest in January as we welcome our 2013 Alpha Class of Fellows, and a whole new cohort of post-9/11 veterans return to their communities as Citizen Leaders.
Thank you for your continued support and service in 2012. We hope you’ll join is making 2013 the best year yet!