Intel for Communities


War follows our veterans home. And while we enjoy the freedoms they
secured for us, the battle continues for them. Now it’s our turn to fight.

The Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. They redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service. Through the Mission Continues, veterans serve their country in new ways by engaging in our innovative and action-oriented programs. 

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Fellowship Program: A Mission Continues Fellow is a post 9/11 veteran who is selected through an application and interview process. Selected veterans serve 20 hours per week for a nonprofit of their choice within their local communities for six months. During the Fellowship, Fellows will complete a personalized development curriculum with one on one coaching from Mission Continues Staff, and receive a monthly cost of living stipend. 

Service Platoons: Service Platoons are teams of volunteer veterans, service members, and community members that mobilize together to solve a specific challenge in their community. Platoon members volunteer as their time permits and develop their leadership skills while fostering camaraderie with like-minded individuals.

 

 

We’re welcoming home heroes. So start with a thank you. But go a step further. Get to know the man or woman behind the uniform. Forge an alliance. It’s not about you—it’s about the connection the two of you are making. And it doesn’t have to be focused on their service. Your conversation is one of hundreds, maybe thousands of small, kind gestures that, over a lifetime, can make the difference for each veteran.

The uniform is the invite and the barrier, meaning it identifies us as warriors which is great because it begins the conversation, but it can also keep the conversation focused on the military experience which can be awkward for the vet and the civilian. So my advice is once you say “thanks for your service” forget about the uniform and focus on the man or woman and be genuine. Take their lead and go where they want to go with the conversation.
— Magnus Johnson

Not sure what to say to a vet? Check out this TED talk for tips.

 

 

Community is the ultimate weapon in the war against PTSD and veteran suicide. What help is available to veterans where you live? Gather intel and get involved. Until we unite as a community, the casualties in the war at home will only continue to increase.

I can find an enemy in the remote mountains of a far-off country, but I still don’t know where to find help in my own town.
— Tom Spooner
 

 

They fought for us. And now we must fight for them. Commit a small portion of your time to help veterans in need in your community. It could be the difference between losing a hero and saving a life.

The Red Cross has several programs that serve vets.
Here are details on finding volunteer opportunities in your area.

 

 

Creating an alliance between the VFW/VA, charities, and your community is the key to victory. Elect a vet to serve as veteran liaison to the community. Someone who understands the issues of those who come home from war face will be able to reach out to—and recruit—those who want to understand.

The IAVA is one of the country’s leading organizations in working with communities
and government to secure benefits for our vets. Learn more here.

 

 

With their vast amount of experience, veterans are perfect for leadership positions, law enforcement, and coaches, to name a few. We need more people with the integrity, leadership training, and skills our veterans have acquired during their time in service. Seek them out, engage them, and let them lead.

Hire Heroes is a nationally recognized organization that helps companies
find vets for employment. See their site here.

 

 

With the VA extremely backlogged, it’s important for the community to campaign for veterans to receive counseling and simple stress relievers. As an example, encourage local facilities to offer chiropractic and massage services at a discounted rate to veterans. Small tactical advantages add up to be a big statement of support for a struggling vet.

Sign up here to support the Clay Hunt SAV Act to secure better services,
treatment and care to help prevent future veteran suicides.

 

 

There are still many who don’t know what PTSD is or how to help. Encourage local media to run positive stories featuring veterans, and you’ll help inform and enlist an army in the war against veteran suicide.

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For our veterans, the battle rages long after the last shot is fired. So it’s not a question of whether you believe in war or not, but whether you’ll help those who have preserved your freedoms. This is a human issue that demands a human solution. Remember, not all wounds are visible, and sometimes the ones we think are fine, are the ones that need us the most.

I’m not missing any limbs. So, to most people, it appears as if nothing is wrong with me. But I didn’t come back the same man that left two decades before.
— Tom Spooner

The #Mission22 Memorial will be a permanent reminder of the sacrifice
our vets have made. If you wish to donate, click here.

 

 

We must stand united with our veterans in the war against PTSD and veteran
suicide. There are many ways you can get involved, but none as simple and straightforward as claiming your 22. Snap a picture of a 22—anything will do: a mailbox, an athletic jersey, or an elevator button are all good examples—and post, tweet, or share it using the hashtag #Mission22. It’s a small gesture with the power to change a veteran’s life.

Besides claiming a 22, show support by using our badge as your profile picture. Get it here.

 

 

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There is no one-size-fits-all solution. If you have effective ideas you’d like to share,
let us know. Email us here or tweet us @mission22.