The Mission Continues
History & Leadership
The Mission Continues, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2007 after CEO Eric Greitens returned home from service in Iraq as a Navy SEAL. Upon his return Eric visited with wounded Marines at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Eric asked the Marines what they planned to do now that their time in the military was over. Without exception each Marine expressed an unwavering desire to continue serving his country, even if he could no longer do so in the military. One young Marine even said this: "I lost my legs - that is all. I did not lose my desire to serve, or my pride in being an American." Inspired, Eric used his own combat pay and two friends pitched in their military disability checks to found The Mission Continues.
To build an America where every wounded and disabled veteran can serve again as a citizen leader, and where together we honor the fallen by living their values through service.
Work of The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues focuses on the following:
- Fellowship program for wounded and disabled veterans
- Post-9/11 veterans serve with a nonprofit organization, providing a tangible good to the community
- A typical Fellowship lasts 14 weeks, during which the Fellow receives a living stipend so he or she can serve full-time at a local charitable organization
- The Mission Continues has awarded 65 Fellowships in 16 states. Fellows have completed more than 17,000 community service hours in their communities.
- Service projects for veterans of all eras and citizens of all backgrounds
- Since our inception in 2007, 6,400 volunteers have served over 43,000 hours through The Mission Continues, completing 104 service projects across the nation.
- Conducting and disseminating research that changes how our nation welcomes home our veterans
- Completed innovative research with Civic Enterprises on impact of continued service for returning veterans.
- Conducting research with Washington University in St. Louis about the mental and physical benefits of volunteering for wounded and disabled veterans.
Stories of Service
Steve Baskis is a US Army Infantryman who was blinded in Iraq. Through his Mission Continues Fellowship, Steve is establishing a Team River Runner Chapter in Chicago. www.missioncontinues.org/news/Videos?video_id=6
Phil Sturgeon is a US Army medic whose unit was hit by a rocket propelled grenade. The blast injured Phil's back, neck, shoulder and knee. Through his Mission Continues Fellowship, Phil served with Support Dogs of St. Louis, training a service dog for another wounded veteran. www.missioncontinues.org/brokaw