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Description of Program
The Mission Continues is a non-profit organization that supports veteran transition to civilian life through volunteerism in either of two processes.
A Mission Continues Fellowship involves 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization. Fellows are encouraged to choose a nonprofit organization to serve based on their own personal passions.
Benefits of Fellowship include:
Connection with other veterans in your community and across the nation by:
Attending the Fellowship Orientation at the beginning of your six months of service,
Planning and attending service projects, bringing veterans and civilians together to benefit your community,
Speaking on behalf of your host organization and The Mission Continues at career fairs, on veterans panels, or through specific media opportunities,
Development of professional skills and network,
Translation of military-based skills to civilian workforce,
A cost-of-living stipend provided by The Mission Continues.
A service platoon is a team of veterans, active duty service members, guardsmen and reservists that mobilizes together to solve a specific challenge in their community. Each service platoon’s mission is unique to the platoon and the challenges facing its community. Each mission is ongoing and organized around weekly, monthly, or quarterly events. Service platoons collaborate with local nonprofits, civic organizations and businesses to ensure community support and engagement. It’s a win-win for veterans and for the community. As a platoon member, you might spend a Saturday afternoon building houses alongside your fellow veterans. You could be out on the streets at midnight with your team, helping homeless veterans find shelter. You might cut new trails in a state park or spend the weekend camping at a team retreat.
Requirements for a Fellowship:
Fellows must have served in the United States Military after September 11, 2001, having attained an honorable discharge after a minimum of 24 months of time in military service (unless serious injury was sustained preventing further service).
Fellows may no longer be serving on Active Duty or serving in the National Guard or Reserve (IRR/ING status is acceptable).
A clean criminal record is also required (individual circumstances may be discussed on a case-by-case basis).
Requirements for a Service Platoon:
Anyone can become a Service Platoon member.