Local Leadership Opportunities Available for Post-9/11 Veterans

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The Mission Continues Seek 100 Vets to Serve in Bravo Class-- Application Deadline March 1st

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When I come home from work every day, I know that the work I did really helped someone.

The Mission Continues is seeking post-9/11 veterans to apply for its Fellowship Program, an opportunity to rebuild a sense of purpose while directly serving the community. Mission Continues Fellows serve for 20 hours per week for six months at a local nonprofit organization 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.

Many veterans struggle to find the same purpose at home as they found in the mission, camaraderie and structure of the military. The Mission Continues does not offer charity; rather, it challenges returning service members to utilize their tremendous skills and leadership to continue serving our country at home.

Fellows are encouraged to find a host organization that will allow them to pursue a personal passion. When Fellow Elijah Dougherty was he was injured in a Humvee rollover while deployed to Iraq, his military service was cut short. Eager to combine his military skills with his love for animals, Dougherty applied for a Mission Continues Fellowship to serve at Freedom Service Dogs in Littleton, Colorado. Through his fellowship, Elijah cares for the health and welfare of the dogs and assists in the 150 hours of training that each service dog requires.

Dougherty’s fellowship has given him a renewed sense of purpose through an opportunity to continue his lifelong mission of service in his community. “I love dogs; and this organization doesn’t just help dogs, it also helps people. When I come home from work every day, I know that the work I did really helped someone,” he said.

Other benefits of a Mission Continues Fellowship include the opportunities to translate your military-based skills to civilian life, to network with fellow veterans and community leaders, to utilize leadership skills to build a stronger community and to earn a stipend for your continued service.

To apply for the Fellowship Program, visit http://www.missioncontinues.org.

Eligibility Criteria:

  •     Service in the United States Military after September 11, 2001
  •     No longer on Active/Guard/Reserve status (IRR/ING status is acceptable) and having attained an honorable discharge
  •     A minimum of 24 months of time in service, unless serious injury was sustained preventing further service
  •     A clean criminal record check (individual circumstances may be discussed on a case-by-case basis)

Key Dates for Bravo Class:
            Application Deadline: March 1, 2012
            Mandatory Orientation: April 20-22, 2012
            Fellowship Dates: April 23, 2012-October 19, 2012

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. The organization was founded by former US Navy SEAL Eric Greitens 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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