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Veterans Continue Legacy of Service at Bravo Orientation

April 8, 2015

More than 80 veterans from across the country will convene in St. Louis this weekend for The Mission Continues Bravo Orientation – a weekend of leadership training and service. These veterans are the newest members of The Mission Continues Fellowship and Service Platoon Programs.…

A Great Place to Work and Serve: The Mission Continues Ranks #15 on 2015 NonProfit Times Best Places to Work

April 1, 2015

We’re happy to announce The Mission Continues is counted among the nation’s leading non-profit organizations for the annual NonProfit Times’ Best Places to Work in 2015.

“This is our fourth time in a row making the list, and we’re proud of what the ranking says about our team,” said The Mission Continues President and Army veteran Spencer Kympton. “We’ve known from the beginning that to deliver on our promise to empower veterans, we’ve got to have a strong and dynamic …

A Look Back at Run as One 2015

March 31, 2015

More than 5,000 community members came together in 112 cities nationwide this past weekend for Run As One. The event, a series of 5K run/walks held simultaneously across the country, is coordinated each year by Team Rubicon, Team Red, White and Blue and The Mission Continues.…

Retreating to Advance

March 25, 2015

Twice a year, the entire team at The Mission Continues assembles at our head-quarters in St. Louis for a three-day retreat. We pause our operations to reflect on our mission, our vision and our strategy – and of course to have a little bit of fun. The team gathered earlier this month, and we decided to do a short Q&A with two team members to get their perspective on the power of these retreats. You’ll hear from Aaron Scheinberg, our …

Reporting For Duty in East Los Angeles

March 9, 2014

Stevenson Middle School lies in the heart of East Los Angeles in a neighborhood where many children find it difficult to make it safely to and from school.  The school’s student body is 99 percent Latino, most of whom come from an economically disadvantaged background.  Gangs actively recruit young people in the area, adding complexity to an already challenging educational environment.  But Principal Leo Gonzalez, himself a native of East L.A., does not let these challenges deter him and his

A Community That Cares: Changing Direction on Mental Health

March 2, 2015

 

Communities are essential to our well-being. They are our refuge, a place to draw inspiration and energy. A community is a home, and they are only strong when we work together.

But communities can do more than reinforce the good. They can also bring us close enough to realize when things are not so good, especially when it comes to those in the veterans community dealing with mental health challenges.

Whether it’s someone in your Fellowship class or a …

“I Always Dreamed of Being a Hero and Catching Bad Guys”

February 27, 2015

Jonas Jones was thinking about service and justice even as a little kid. “I dreamed of being a hero and catching bad guys,” he says. Jonas was born and raised in Hazelwood, Missouri just north of St. Louis. He was taught at a young age “to take care of the people who take care of you,” as he puts it. At 29 years old, this particular life lesson brought him to the office of a U.S. Army recruiter.

Jonas's childhood dream led him to the battlefield in Afghanistan, and now through The Mission Continues, he has embarked on a new mission of service with the St. Louis County Police Department.

Run as One: Building Communities One Stride at a Time

Our communities work better when we work together. It’s a core belief of what we do at The Mission Continues, and it expands beyond the impact of our programs. We also partner with other great veterans organizations that share our passion for service, community and camaraderie.

That’s why we’re working alongside Team Rubicon and Team Red, White & Blue for the 4th Annual Run as One on Saturday, March 28, in over 100 cities nationwide (hit the link or the photo above to …

After Iwo Jima, The Legacy of a Generation Began

February 20, 2015

“Among the Americans Serving on Iwo Jima Island, Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue.”
– Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

Following months of air and naval bombardment, U.S. Marines stormed the black-sand beaches of Iwo Jima in February of 1945, an island just eight-square miles big and more than 700 miles from mainland Japan. Over the next 36 days, 70,000 Marines battled an entrenched Japanese force of 20,000 soldiers. The island was finally secured on March 16, 1945 at a heavy …

It Wasn’t Just a Project. It Was a Mission.

February 19, 2015
Naomi McSwain

I am always happy when a group of volunteers come to help out at our youth center. All the hard and unsung work you’ve done trying to make a difference in your community is somehow substantiated when people think enough to take time out of their schedules to help you out. It’s always a special time for me, but it’s never been as emotional as it was when the veterans from The Mission Continues came to our door. …