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Meet Fellow Brandy Baxter

August 8, 2014

We invite alumni of The Mission Continues Fellowship Program to speak at each pre-fellowship orientation. Fellow Alumna Brandy Baxter addressed the newest class of Mission Continues Fellows at their orientation in May of 2014. 

“My Mission Continues Fellowship partnered me with a non-profit organization that teaches financial education to families with limited financial resources.  I had started teaching financial classes at our last duty station, so this was a perfect match for me.…

The Purple Heart: By The Numbers

August 6, 2014

This is Part III in a series on the legacy of the Purple Heart. The medal, originally called the Badge of Military Merit, was established by George Washington on August 7, 1782. The date is now recognized annually as National Purple Heart Day.

3: The number of medals presented by General George Washington as the Badge of Military Merit, the forebear of the Purple Heart. They were the only three ever awarded.…

Extraordinary Fidelity

August 5, 2014

This is Part II in a series on the legacy of the Purple Heart. The medal, originally called the Badge of Military Merit, was established by George Washington on August 7, 1782. The date is now recognized annually as National Purple Heart Day.

The Purple Heart has spent more than half of its 232-year history in relative obscurity. Following General Washington’s establishment of the medal in 1782, the medal would be not be issued again for another 150 years. The …

The Purple Heart

August 4, 2014

Awarded to only three soldiers in its original incarnation, more than one million service men and women have since been the recipient of the Purple Heart. More than 57,000 men and women have received the Purple Heart as a result of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Living Legacy

August 3, 2014

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles

Welcome to The Mission Continues’ New Blog

Every day, our team is privileged to hear stories of service direct from the source – the cadre of Mission Continues Fellows, Service Platoon members, volunteers and supporters who have made it their missions to report for duty in their communities.

Every day, they share stories of compassion – a veteran working one-on-one with a young student and motivating them to make positive choices and pursue their education. They share stories of action – a team of veterans coming together to demo a wall, build a garden and refurbish a community center in one afternoon. They share stories of innovation – an 11-year old who wanted to make a difference, so he raised enough money to fund a fellowship by knocking out more than 600 push-ups in an hour in exchange for donations.

Our goal is to put our action into words. You can expect to hear from veterans across the country and from all walks of life. We'll examine what it means to be a post-9/11 veteran and how service can play an active role in a service member's transition home. We'll open up the discussion to hear from community members, corporations and foundations. We'll ask you to participate along the way too. So, join us in this year of storytelling, and help us change the national conversation about veterans so that this generation leaves a legacy of service and success.

Moving Beyond the Battlefield

Zachary Bell
August 1, 2014

On February 12, 2007 I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, pledging to defend my country against all enemies foreign and domestic. I knew that my life would never be the same, but I still wanted to serve my country as so many great men and women had done before me. I could have never imagined in my wildest dreams where this would take me and what was yet to come.…