The deal is to support veterans and service to the country in ongoing ways that matter.
The almost 2 million men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan return home to a grateful nation as our newest generation of veterans. That said, they represent less than 1 percent of the total population and are all too often misunderstood as charity cases, instead of civic assets.
We also believe there are three ongoing responsibilities we owe this generation of veterans:
to give individual wounded veterans the opportunity to find new ways to serve at home; to create a movement of civilians who want to serve along side veterans to honor the memory of our fallen service members; and to fundamentally reshape the way our nation welcomes homes veterans -- by not only telling them "thank you" but also that "we still need you."
The Mission Continues Fellowship Program begins to accomplish these goals by offering wounded and disabled veterans the challenge of identifying and fixing a problem in their community. We offer a cost-of-living stipend to post-9/11 wounded and disabled veterans so that they can volunteer full time at a nonprofit or community organization. This allows the veterans to learn additional skills they need to help them transition from military to civilian life.
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