The Mission Continues and The Welcome Home Foundation Challenge Americans to Support Veterans by Donating Seven Million Dollars in Seven Days

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Building on Success of Today’s Welcome Home Heroes Parade, Organizations Seek to Engage Nation

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Welcome Home the Heroes Parade on January 28th in St. Louis

“Now, we are honored to partner with Welcome Home Foundation to challenge all Americans to make an investment in this generation of veterans.”

On January 28th, through the efforts of The Mission Continues and the Welcome Home Foundation, St. Louis became the first major city in America to hold a parade honoring post-9/11 veterans. Now, with the grassroots passion that launched this parade into the national spotlight, these organizations are issuing challenge to America.

In the next seven days, The Mission Continues and the Welcome Home Foundation are challenging individuals, corporations and philanthropists to raise seven million dollars to support veterans’ service organizations.

A percent of the donations will be awarded to The Mission Continues, which challenges post-9/11 veterans to rebuild a sense of purpose through community service. Mission Continues Fellows serve for six months at a local nonprofit organizations around the country addressing key educational, environmental or social issues. Each Fellow works to achieve one of three outcomes at the conclusion of the fellowship: full-time employment, pursuit of higher education, or a permanent role of service. The remaining donations will be distributed through the Welcome Home Foundation to support other veterans’ organizations nationwide.

“We are awed and inspired by the grassroots efforts of the Welcome Home Foundation that rallied nearly 100,000 Americans to show their support for our veterans at today’s parade,” said Eric Greitens, CEO of The Mission Continues and former Navy SEAL. “Now, we are honored to partner with Welcome Home Foundation to challenge all Americans to make an investment in this generation of veterans.”

To donate or learn more, visit http://www.missioncontinues.org/welcomehomechallenge.

About The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues is the only national nonprofit organization that challenges post-9/11 veterans to rebuild a sense of purpose through community service. Former US Navy SEAL Eric Greitens founded the organization in 2007 when he returned from his final deployment to Iraq. Fueled by the deep belief that veterans are civic assets, the Mission Continues offers six-month community service fellowships to veterans, awarding over 200 fellowships to date. The organization does not offer charity; rather, it challenges returning service members to utilize their tremendous skills and leadership to continue serving our country at home. For more information, please visit http://www.missioncontinues.org.

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