The Mission Continues In The Media

Active Duty and Beyond, Local Veteran, Andre Clark Continues to Serve

Valley News

Andre Clark’s fingertips brush the veteran’s shirt as he punctures through the intersecting threads with a silver flag pin, a badge of honor, a symbol of unfathomable gratitude. Pinning ceremonies to several elderly veterans climaxed Andre Clark’s six months as a Mission Continues Fellow for The Elizabeth Hospice. The Mission Continues program connects fellows, individuals who have recently retired from military service, to volunteer opportunities in order to assist them in finding new ways to serve.[...]

Veterans join Congress Park residents to spruce up a Playground

The Washington Post

Shekita McBroom, 43, tries to hold back tears when talking about her Congress Park neighborhood in Southeast Washington.“I’ve seen more bad things happen here than good things,” said McBroom, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years and is a commissioner with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8E.[...]

How We Can Really Help Military Veterans

TIME

Veteran’s Day is commonly a day to pay tribute to the past sacrifices and triumphs of the men and women of our Armed Forces. It’s good for our kids to see us honoring those who served, and it’s good for those who served to know we honor their service. But, to me, Veterans Day can be much more.[...]

Today’s veterans groups are not your granddad’s VFW

USA Today

Military men and women are lions in human clothing. As individuals, they’re fast, smart, agile and strong. As a pride, they’re downright cunning. They thrive with a pack mentality, and interdependence is key to their survival.[...]

33 Powerful Photos Of Military Women Serving Their Country

Huffington Post

“People don’t know: What is a female veteran? What does she look like? What does she bring to the table? What did we do over there?” That’s how veteran Julie Weckerlein described her experience after returning home from duty to NBC News in 2012. Weckerlein’s right — not enough people understand the impact female veterans have had and continue to have in the U.S. military. [...]

Established Veterans Groups Fight To Attract The Next Generation

NPR

Veterans organizations, like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, are losing their older members and struggling to attract the younger veterans of more recent wars. Around the country, more than 2,000 American Legion and VFW posts have closed. Those same posts — with their baseball leagues and scholarships — were once deeply woven into the fabric of their communities.[...]

Veterans Across the Country Use Their Day of Honor to Continue to Serve

Stars and Stripes

Instead of taking off Wednesday, hundreds of former servicemembers across the country will roll up their sleeves and pick up shovels, paintbrushes and ladles to mark Veterans Day.[...]

Veterans Find Their Niche — and Run With It

USA Today

A soldier, a sailor and a Marine. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan might have left Rachel Gutierrez, Joe Femenia and Mervin Roxas embittered or even suicidal as they have countless other veterans.[...]

For Veteran Volunteers, Story is Part of the Work

The Military Times

Jules Toraya rattled off his life story as quickly as he could: a desire for public service, five years in the Army, environmental work for the last four, and now a new fellowship [...]

Veterans at Home, on a Mission of Compassion

The New York Times

Rachel Gutierrez was an army sergeant in Iraq, but back home in Phoenix she leads a platoon. At 2:30 in the morning last Oct. 18, members of the 1st Platoon Phoenix [...]

Veterans Find New Opportunities At Home

Huffington Post

After decades of often frustrating reliance on the massive Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans are increasingly turning homeward. Innovative new programs are springing up [...]

Volunteer veteran platoons to take on public service nationwide

Stars and Stripes

Tristan Williamson has been out of the military for five years, but he’s back in a platoon. This time, the Navy veteran is fighting hunger, not the enemy. [...]

Can Service Save Us?

TIME

There was absolutely no way Ian Smith was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. He was sure of it. He was O.K. He was living with his girlfriend in a suburb [...]

Volunteer service gives vets a second purpose

CBS News

The transition back home for veterans who serve overseas is rarely easy. It helps when they still have a purpose.A former Navy SEAL, Eric Greitens understood that. A suicide truck bomb [...]

On the Front Line of Our Communities

CNN

In 2007, while serving as a Navy SEAL in Iraq, my team was hit by a suicide truck bomb. As I made my way through the debris of our barracks, ears ringing, choking on chlorine gas [...]