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“We the People of the United States…”

September 27, 2014

Mr. Martin Luther Mathews reminds veterans and community volunteers about the values our nation was founded upon by reciting the Preamble of the Constitution after a day of service at the Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club in north St. Louis. 

A Sundial in the Shade

September 23, 2014
Jim McCausland

The dictionary defines a Sundial as a flat plate or device (with the face of a clock) that tells the time of day by the position of the Sun as it shines on it.   Now imagine this Sundial being placed in the shade of a giant oak whose foliage blocks all the sun’s rays, leaving the sundial without purpose.  I chose this example as it clearly defines my son and how he lost his purpose in life during …

Accountability

September 24, 2014

Matthew Thompson

The military taught me a lot more than how to clean a rifle and march in rank and file. It taught me that I had the ability to evoke change in people’s lives. I feel that each of us who — for one reason or another — decided to raise our right hand has in us a courage and a purpose that could not be contained in a regular existence. I know that inside me burns a fire that when properly focused could illuminate the lives of those around me. And I know that same fire exists in each of us who swore the oath.

Rebuilding Pittsburgh

September 22, 2014

Earlier this month, veterans from The Mission Continues Pittsburgh Service Platoon and Heinz volunteers teamed up with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh to provide support for a rehabilitation project on an abandoned four story property in Hazelwood — a low-income neighborhood located a few miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

In just a few hours, volunteers sanded, primed and painted interior rooms including all doors, ceilings and windows. They also replaced floorboards, installed drywall in bathrooms and rehabbed a four-car garage. In the …

Our Motivation to Serve: TacticalGear.com and The Mission Continues

September 20, 2014
Laura Malm

Recently, Mission Continues Fellow Leon White visited the TacticalGear.com headquarters to tell us a little more about the nonprofit our company proudly supports. A former Marine who lacked direction after returning to civilian life, White explained how the organization gave him a sense of purpose again. Through The Mission Continues, Leon works closely with Mission: St. Louis, a growing local nonprofit that aims to build relationships with at-risk inner-city kids in order to battle poverty and revitalize the …

Running with a Purpose

September 18, 2014
Erik Yohe

 Erik Yohe was born and raised in Liberty, Missouri. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas and is running the Marine Corps Marathon to raise funds for The Mission Continues and support transitioning veterans across the country. 

Remembering 9/11

September 16, 2014

Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives in the events of 9/11. And five million men and women have stepped up to defend our nation in uniform since that day. Last week, The Mission Continues deployed in communities across the country for a day of service to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Volunteers built playgrounds for at-risk youth, provided much needed maintenance for a domestic violence shelter, and rehabilitated a community river trail  — all in honor

A Weekend to Remember

September 15, 2014

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Sir Winston Churchill

The Veterans Landscape in the City of Dreams

September 12, 2014
Regan Turner

On the morning of September 11, 2001, 221 passengers and crew boarded airplanes bound for Los Angeles, unaware that in just a few short hours the world would change forever, and that they would never reach their final destination. At the time, I was a senior in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, uncertain of the significance of the World Trade Center Towers or even where they stood.

Four years later, by then having gazed solemnly …