A win-win for veterans and the community

Operation Watts is Worth It / Los Angeles / July 2018

Service saves lives, and that begins with ensuring every project, event, and program with The Mission Continues provides veterans the opportunity for personal growth, connectedness and community impact.

For more than a decade, we have seen the power of our mission in action. Something extraordinary happens when veterans come together to get outside of themselves and help others. An instant camaraderie is forged by an unspoken understanding of shared experiences. They work together and gain new skills and networks to help them successfully reintegrate into civilian life. And they emerge as empowered leaders, reinvigorated and ready to serve again.

At the same time, a powerful connection grows between the public and veterans as they work together to improve communities. And the more we are united at the local level, the stronger our nation becomes.

Our Impact By The Numbers


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The experience of serving in the military forges deep bonds that endure for life. Ask any veteran what they miss about serving in the military and you are likely to hear about the camaraderie and feeling of a shared purpose. The Mission Continues taps into this unique dynamic and empowers veterans with a new mission and the chance to build new bonds—with veterans as well as community members—as they continue their service, together. It works.

Through our programs, veterans can come together to do what drew them to military service in the first place: making a difference and helping others. Through this unique model, veterans become leaders and build new skills and networks that help them successfully reintegrate to life after the military—while making long-term, visible transformations in communities.

The impact of our work is more clear than ever. Lives are changed as veterans discover new possibilities as leaders driving community change. Working shoulder to shoulder in communities across the nation, veterans connect with each other, gain powerful networks and leadership skills, and renew their commitment to service. In the process, communities grow stronger and more resilient.

I feel more connected to the city, my team, and even our country. I also have a greater understanding of my own strengths and how I might leverage my capabilities to continue serving in making a difference around my own community!

Matt Basista, Veteran Volunteer

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