Category: Service Platoons

9/11 And Why it Still Matters

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 have had a lasting impact on our country’s affairs at home and abroad. For many in the New York City and Washington, D.C. area, as well as those who were called to serve in the following years, the change is absolute: absence of particular friends, family, or coworkers reminds us every day about the sacrifices that have been made. 

Out of this suffering and sacrifice, there is reason to hope: a sense of community and a

Introducing T’Liza Kiel, Director of Alumni Engagement

By T’Liza Kiel, staff

Hey there! My name is T’Liza Kiel and I am overjoyed for the journey to come as the Director of Alumni Engagement!

As an alumnus myself, I look forward to the challenge ahead. The Mission Continues has done an outstanding job at engaging veterans, service members, their families, and supporters in collaborative community efforts. Each program implemented through The Mission Continues has made a great impact on the individual lives of participants and the people they were able to …

The Miami Service Platoon Rescues a Reef

While Miami’s 1st Service Platoon has been dedicated to environmental conservation and stewardship, most of it has been done on land. They wanted to branch out to water-based efforts as well. They didn’t have to look far. Given how integral the water is to life in Florida and the ecosystem of South Florida, they decided to help in one of the places it’s needed most: dying coral reefs. 

Coral reefs are the bedrock of life for many species of sea life, and are …

Operation El Morro

We wrapped up an incredible week in Puerto Rico for our two-day long service project, Operation El Morro: Independence Restoration on July 2nd-3rd.

The week started with a partnership gathering co-hosted with the National Parks Conservation Association. We wanted to bring together all current partners and our veteran leaders in Puerto Rico to celebrate our collective impact and discuss future projects. 

Angel Gual on Why He Serves Again

By Angel Gual, platoon leader

I joined the military because I wanted to do something better than staying in a city that I knew I would not survive in. I dreamed of seeing new places and meeting new people. I knew I had to take a leap in life and leave the security of my family.…

Finding A Veteran Community After “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

By Tracey Cooper-Harris, volunteer

When I signed up for the Army during my senior year in high school, I wanted to break free of my protective parents. As an only child, they had high expectations of me, but ultimately wanted me to be independent and self-sufficient. I thought the Army would be a great way to have the freedom as an adult I didn’t have as a teen, plus a responsible means of traveling the world without my parents worrying about funding my …

Planting the Seeds of Service

By Quinton Goffinet, former platoon leader

The attacks of September 11, 2001 happened when I was a teenager. At the time, I believed our enemies had proved they were going to bring the fight to us. I wanted to bring the fight to them – on our terms, not theirs. This motivated me to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.

I separated from the military in 2007. By that time my wife and I wanted to start a family, and I wanted to …

Why Detroit? Why The Mission Continues? It’s Easy—These Are My People

By Heather Byington, Service Leadership Corps member

When I left home in 1993, I vowed I’d never come back for anything longer than a visit. Home was Detroit. What I didn’t realize until I had some separation was that the negative feelings I had about the city were a result of my home life and the fact that one of my friends had been carjacked. He was murdered at 19, and his killers were 15 and 16-years old.…