We Need You This June

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We need you to serve alongside us this June in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Together, we’ll honor the service of LGBTQ+ veterans and show our support for LGBTQ+ communities across the country.

The number of LGBTQ+ individuals that have served and continue to serve in our military is uncertain, but their commitment to serve here at home is not. Our ranks at The Mission Continues include veteran leaders who self-identify as LGBTQ+. Despite many serving under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and other institutional challenges, their contribution to our country continues today in TMC blue.

In our communities, the need is clear. Throughout the year our all-volunteer force of veteran-led service platoons partner with nonprofit organizations to support underserved communities. While progress has been made since the Stonewall Uprising exactly 50 years ago, LGBTQ+ individuals, especially youth, are at increased risk for homelessness, bullying, discrimination, harassment, and even becoming victims of violence. For this reason, veterans have united to support organizations like the Zebra Coalition in Orlando and the Ali Forney Center in New York.

During LGBTQ+ Pride Month we are building upon these ongoing efforts to support LGBTQ+ communities under our #PrideandHonor campaign. And, as veterans who have seen the scars left by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, we are taking a stand against a similar policy targeting transgender service members.

We need your help to make an impact. For our veterans, for our youth and for our country. Show your support by volunteering and/or donating to this service campaign in June! Sign up for an event below!

OUR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING LGBTQ+ VETERANS

The Mission Continues stands by our LGBTQ+ veterans. We strive to create an inclusive culture so that our staff, volunteers, and partners can thrive. Yet, recent reporting suggests LGBTQ+ veterans seek resources and participate in veteran communities at lower rates than their peers. We can do better, and the military/veteran community can do better. Until equality and inclusivity is achieved for all, we will work to ensure all veterans with a passion to serve are welcomed.

Our Support for Transgender Service Members

The Mission Continues stands in solidarity with the transgender community as its members struggle for recognition as equal citizens. The Mission Continues was founded with five core values, of which “respect” remains the standard for all who serve with us. In our words and deeds, the value explicitly exclaims: We believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and that they can make a difference.

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