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The Mission Continues Honors Dr. King’s Legacy Through National Day Of Service Projects Exemplifying His Core Values


Martin Luther King Jr.’s eight core values from the Civil Rights Movement will be the center of veteran-led service projects happening in cities around the country

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Leading up to and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Mission Continues, a national veterans’ nonprofit, will commemorate Dr. King’s legacy through large-scale community service. Veteran volunteers with the organization will apply their skills in over 45 cities nationwide to transform communities and create lasting impact. A …

Now a Veteran, Chicago Native Volunteers to End Gun Violence

May 16, 2018

Rogelio was born and raised in the South Side of Chicago, and found his sense of purpose when he joined the Army National Guard in 2005. Three years later he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

As a gunner Rogelio’s primary job was to be the eyes and ears for his truck team, and first line of defense for his convoy. However, the most challenging part for him during his deployment was being separated from his two …

Why Are We Losing Our Veterans to Deportation?

May 12, 2017
By Carlos Luna, Fellow

You wouldn’t think veterans, their families, and Gold Star families are being deported — but they are.

What spurred me to speak to Chicago’s City Council about this is a story that’s been in the news recently about Miguel Perez Jr.. Miguel is a United States Army veteran who, after serving time for drug-related charges, is facing the possibility of being deported to Mexico, a country he hasn’t seen since he was eight. He deployed to

The Legend of Abner Garcia

August 19, 2016

I want to be remembered as a legend, the person who made a positive difference in people’s lives. – Abner Garcia

Abner Garcia, a United States Army veteran and alumnus of The Mission Continues Fellowship Program, was shot and killed on Saturday, August 13, 2016, a mile from his home in southwest Chicago. He was 23 years old.

Abner joined The Mission Continues just over a year ago as a member of our 2015 Charlie Class. Our team asks each …

Mother And Son Team Up To Serve Others

May 8, 2016

“Mom, they don’t even know me and they come here to make me smile. That is just like what you do, and I want to help too.” Jaiden Henry, eight years old and the son of Chicago’s 1st Platoon Leader Kim McGraw,  had fallen ill and was temporarily hospitalized. To his amazement however, volunteers kept coming by to keep his spirits up.

He has since worked hard alongside his mother to inspire others to do the same.…

Charlie Class 2015 Reports for Duty

July 23, 2015

Charlie Class 2015 brought Fellows and platoon leaders together from all over the country. Scholars from the Pat Tillman Foundation joined our ranks for a great service project. Check out some of our best photos below.…

Reporting For Duty in the Windy City

June 18, 2015

The Chicago 2nd Service Platoon is on a mission to fight hunger and food insecurity.

Through repeat projects at the Jesse Brown Food Pantry and a longterm effort to help transform an abandoned building into a new community center, the platoon works hard to improve the quality of life of Chicagoans in need. The platoon recently deployed in support of the food pantry by walking in the 30th Annual Hunger Walk on Saturday, June 20th. The Greater Chicago Food …

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.