A Message to Student Veterans: Never Stop Serving

August 25, 2014
Barry Mattson

Barry Mattson is a veteran of the US Air Force and the US Army, with a combat deployment to Iraq in each service. He is now the Regional Director at The Mission Continues, Houston office, where his passion for fighting poverty is matched with his appreciation for veterans.

In this post, Barry answers the question “How can our nation ensure that veterans don’t need to return to the military in order to find a meaningful sense of purpose?”

Running with a Purpose

Stacy Roman
August 21, 2014

Stacy Roman, 29, served in the United States Marine Corps for almost 10 years.  She reflects on her motivation to run the Marine Corps Marathon to support The Mission Continues and transitioning veterans across the country.

On a Mission in Our Nation’s Capital

Vu Nguyen
August 19, 2014

Vu Nguyen is an alumnus of The Mission Continues Fellowship Program and was selected to lead the first ever Washington, D.C. Service Platoon. After one year as a Platoon Leader, Vu reflects on how it all started.

Fighting Hunger on Chicago’s South Side

August 18, 2014

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In just a few hours, a team of dedicated veterans and community volunteers provide a life-changing opportunity for local residents on Chicago's south side, who are living in food deserts with little access to healthy food options.

Pain Shared Is Pain Divided

David Chrisinger
August 16, 2014

A Marine Corps combat veteran and his childhood friend recently ran a 50-mile ultramarathon to raise money for The Mission Continues. Here's the story of how the idea was born, and the lessons they learned along the way.

My Fellowship

Alicia Gautreaux
August 17, 2014

I want to be an art director, and that is why I chose a fellowship at the Southeast Museum of Photography. I am a photographer working on finishing up my bachelor’s degree in photography currently at the University of Central Florida.…

A Model for the Nation

August 13, 2014

Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club sits on the corner of Kingshighway Blvd and Highway 70 in North St. Louis. In a neighborhood typically cast as economically depressed and “where gunfire still rules the night,” its easy to look over the unassuming campus that provides athletic, educational and enrichment programs for 40,000 young men and women each year.

So when The Mission Continues was recently invited to help distribute backpacks and school supplies to more than 100 kids participating in their …

Remembering A Friend

August 12, 2014

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait: A humbling and hilarious collision of military tradition and comedic genius courtesy of Robin Williams.…