In Recognition of Veterans Day, Talking GOOD Is Partnering with The Mission Continues to Shine the Spotlight on Veterans Who Are Making a Difference Here at Home

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Veterans Day Partnership Recognizes Veterans Who Are “Reporting for Duty” at Home; Helping Communities While Helping Themselves

By virtue of their experiences in the military, veterans are hardwired with values such as service, community, and purpose,"says Polt, "As Veterans Day approaches, we honor these men and women who continue finding purpose.

Drawing from The Mission Continues’ community of more than 3,000 fellows and service platoon members, Talking GOOD selected, interviewed, and profiled three veterans who embody the value of continued service, even as they endeavor to find their own paths. These stories are intensely personal, yet they capture the narrative of a generation of men and women who struggle to reclaim their sense of purpose outside the military. Talking GOOD is inviting individuals, bloggers and media to share these profiles on and around Veterans Day in an act of support and to say, “We still need you fighting for us … here at home.”

THE PROFILES:
Tina Thomas, age 34, Washington, DC    
Veteran Tina Thomas draws from her dark experiences in the foster care system, to make it today as a professional and a mother, while inspiring others to rise above emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.

Jeffrey Courter, age 56, Chicago, IL        
By the time 49-year-old Jeffrey Courter left for Afghanistan, the husband and father of three had served his country as a Marine, a Navy Reservist, and an Army National Guardsman. Today, this accomplished author, public speaker, and seminarian is a serial volunteer, even as he seeks full-time employment.

Nick Ellis, age 30, Palm Beach, FL        
Veteran Nick Ellis had already overcome a traumatic brain injury by the time he re-entered college after Iraq. But something was still missing. Today he is a voice of inspiration, serving at risk youth in his community as he builds his own future as a professional, a husband, and a father.

QUOTES:

  • Spencer Kympton (Bio), President, The Mission Continues: "We do not believe that this generation of veterans should be remembered solely for the challenges that they face coming home. We believe that they will be remembered for all of their service: service that began in the deserts and mountains of the Middle East, and that continued in playgrounds and community centers and shelters near you. Collaborating with Talking Good to tell these stories, is a critical step in sharping the public perception of what it means to be of service to your country."
  • Rich Polt (Bio), Founder & Director, Talking GOOD: “By virtue of their experiences in the military, veterans are hardwired with values such as service, community, and purpose. As Veterans Day approaches, I can think of no better way to honor these men and women who continue finding purpose by championing causes at home, then by profiling a few on Talking GOOD.”

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: In August, The Mission Continues distributed a survey to a portion of its 3,000+ fellows and service platoon members from across the United States. Respondents were asked to complete several statements such as: “I continue to serve my country because …” and “My legacy to the world will be …” Based upon first round responses, a small team from both organizations reached out to select veterans to invite them to be profiled. In addition to the three featured veteran profiles, The Mission Continues will utilize survey responses as part of its Veterans Day social media campaign. Here is a sampling of responses:

I continue to serve my country because …
    

  • My service to others fills me with pride and boosts my spirit!
  • Miss serving, miss a sense of belonging, miss answering to a greater call.
  • I want to lead by example by showing others what giving back to the community is.
  • More than ever the need for strong, positive, community leadership is present.

My legacy to the world will be …
    

  • A man who tried to live each day a little better than the day before.
  • To leave this world knowing that I helped as many others achieve their dreams!
  • lived to set a positive example and shared my knowledge via mentorship to help others.
  • To encourage others to live authentically and passionately. Life is too short, follow your heart.

ABOUT THE MISSION CONTINUES: The Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. We redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service.

ABOUT TALKING GOOD: Talking GOOD is a philanthropic web site and content distribution platform that recognizes people who are making a difference in the world.

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