|Fellow Amanda Heidenreiter & Meredith Knopp, VP of Programs|
To be part of a community requires involvement, trust, a common language, a shared goal. Those who have completed their fellowship at Mission Continues have grabbed a dream, contacted an organization, worked for 28 weeks in a position within their chosen nonprofit. Even though they left the battlefield, taken with them disastrous disabilities, visible or not, a Fellow has reached beyond them self and has entered a new community.
Life ripped away the goal of all too many service men and women. Those in combat walk carefully, hold each other close as family, safeguard their unit, their mission, and their personal space. An RPG will rip through more than steel, mortar, muscle and sinew. An IED will take out more than transportation, calm or limbs. That ammunition mangles continuity and mind. It does not destroy the character of the service person, but buries it beneath anguish, pain and a sense of loss.
Our country stands and says thank you for your service and it is meaningful and heartfelt. Mission Continues asks, “What can we do to help? What is your dream? Everyone has a dream!”
|Col K and Greg Favre Chief of Staff of Mission Continues|
Amanda saw her turning point while in the hallway at Bethesda. A Burmese mountain dog ambled through a crowd and came to rest beside her. The touch of a pet, the giving heart of the animal who places trust in a wounded warrior opened a dream for Amanda. She searched and located PawsforPurpleHearts.org. This nonprofit was the perfect fit to complete Amanda's Mission Continues Fellowship.
Make your veterans Day Dream more of a reality. Reflect, research and communicate with others who share your history. Veterans, be responsive and proud! We are so proud of you and again, thank you for your service.
For more information about Mission Continues go to www.MissionContinues.org