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Our Mission Continues: Can Service on the Home Front Help Female Veterans Reintegrate to Civilian Life?

Mary Beth Bruggeman | Posted 08.13.2015 | Women
Mary Beth Bruggeman

ince joining The Mission Continues this past March, I've re-found the sense of purpose I so valued while in the military. I'm part of a team that accepts and honors me for all of my characteristics. I'm able to lead again, and the feeling of pride and inclusiveness that I had when I stood on that field in my Marine Corps uniform after the Naval Academy graduation has been restored.

Five Reasons You Should Do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Again!

Mark Malinowski | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

All diseases are bad, but I've seen ALS up close and personal for nine years and it is horrific. My partner and husband Randy died in 2014 and he was only 41. He was young and vital and this disease slowly took over and killed him in the cruelest way imaginable. We need to find a cure now.

Here's How Photographer Nigel Skeet Turns Homeless People Into "Rock Stars"

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

How do you feel when you find yourself face to face with a homeless person? We know hunger and homelessness are increasing in the United States. T...

Is 'Dukes of Hazzard' Really Racist?

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

But if you were a Jew, and you saw this hit TV show with two guys in a stunt car with an SS symbol on it, named after Hitler or some other high-ranking Nazi, you might think to yourself, "Is that really necessary? Isn't this kind of like a commercial that makes the SS symbol, and thus what the Nazis were fighting for, kind of...glamorous?"

The Beach Belongs to Everyone

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Toni G. Atkins

Imagine going to spend a day at the beach with friends or family, looking to recharge your batteries at some of California's most treasured destinations. But before you hit the sand, you encounter razor wire. Or a locked gate. Or an oddly placed boulder.

Why The Affordable Care Act Should Cover Infertility

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Melissa Miles McCarter

A current petition to Whitehouse.gov asks for infertility treatments to be covered by the Affordable Care Act. The fact that it isn't already covered is concerning for a number of reasons.

Earth Day: A Two-step Strategy Makes a Sustainable Difference

Brian Kennell | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Sustainability is top of mind as this week we mark Earth Day and Arbor Day, tributes aimed at raising respect for the environment. That makes this the perfect moment to note a new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report that says, "Brands that place packaging" into commerce must take more responsibility for its life cycle impact.

Taking Control of the Transition

Dakota Meyer | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

Although the employment situation for veterans has improved since I left the military, the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells me we still have work to do. Every man and woman who has honorably worn the uniform of this country has the ability to make our nation stronger. I know because they already have.

AmeriCorps Tutors Boost Literacy, Give Kids Tools for Success

Wendy Spencer | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Those who read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school than those who don't. Being proficient in reading and graduating from high school are critical steps for success in our 21st century economy.

Mr. President, It's Our Moment of Truth

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

From the heartlands of America to our city centers, there are too many folks who don't believe our system works. When citizens are under-served by their leaders, an apathy is fostered that enables corruption and prevents accountability.

New York Incarnation: 2015

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 04.28.2015 | New York
Danielle Wolffe

New Yorkers may seem disconnected. In actuality, though, it takes amazing stores of inner fortitude to exist in these self-contained worlds. People are accustomed to themselves and each other on levels people living far apart just aren't. They cannot isolate or hide from each other here.

Protecting the Internet via the Upcoming FCC Vote

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Long story short, this is about saving the Net for regular people, versus providing privileges for companies that spend lots of money lobbying in Washington and misinforming the American public.

An Artist With a Big, Blue Heart Fights ALS

Mark Malinowski | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

Finding success at an early age, Tobie Giddio began illustrating advertisements for Bergdorf Goodman soon after graduating from college. The ads were somewhat iconic and ran through the end of the '80s.

The Business of Renewable Resources

Brian Kennell | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

If businesses adopt a circular paradigm that tracks the environmental impacts of their products throughout their entire lifecycles, we can help alleviate climate change and ensure we have enough natural resources to use in perpetuity.

Human Rights and the Fight Against Trafficking

Juhu Thukral | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Trafficking in persons clearly involves human rights concerns, based on the coercion, threats, or violence victims and survivors face. But the ways we as a community respond to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues.

If Life Is a Game, What Are the Rules?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

The students who make up the poverty and homeless statistics that some suburbanites look at dispassionately, shaking their heads while proclaiming, "Not in America!" -- these kids want to succeed.

This Veterans Day, It's on Us

Dakota Meyer | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

The best advice I can give to those who are about to become veterans is to take your transition as seriously as any mission you carried out in the military. Identify your objective, and develop a plan to achieve it. Do your research, understand everything you have to offer a company, and find mentors who can help you through the process. Then execute.

Haiyan, One Year Later: From Relief to Reconstruction

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Stephen P. Groff

The Philippines must keep the recovery process moving smoothly until the job is done. Building back better from Haiyan won't erase the pain. But the safer and sustainable communities it delivers might leave a legacy that will be more lasting.

#TropMed14 and a Shining Example of How Collaboration Saves Lives

Cameron Conaway | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

As I type I am surrounded by thousands of people working to fight against the myriad diseases that plague mankind. This is the 63rd annual meeting o...

1 In 7 of Us Are Carrying the Malaria Parasite

Cameron Conaway | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

How do we make malaria fashionable? That's the question malariologists, global health professionals, fundraisers and activists have been asking themselves ever since. Clearly numbers alone do not sway public interest.

Homeless Kids Need This Stronger Law

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

You can help, right now, right from your computer. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act needs co-sponsors to smooth its passage through the Senate.

What the Pink Ribbon Can Learn From the Ice Bucket

Mark Malinowski | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

After an incredible summer of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges, I think it's important to review this zeitgeist moment in order to learn. On the dawn of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I think it's also interesting to compare and contrast the grassroots ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with years of "Pink" efforts to support Breast Cancer.

Meet Gander a Celebrity Amongst Dogs

Robert Piper | Posted 11.16.2014 | Good News
Robert Piper

Gander is a celebrity; everywhere he goes he's photographed, on Facebook he has over 250,000 Facebook likes. Gander is a service dog, one of several in America that help improve the quality of life for thousands of people with disabilities.

Beyond the Bucket: Giving ALS Patients a Voice of Their Own

Mark Malinowski | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

Late last year my partner Randy began to drastically decline after years of fighting ALS. He was no longer mobile, he was down to 92 pounds (from a high of 165) and he was losing his ability to speak.

Backpacks for Everyone

Galit Breen | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Galit Breen

As a former teacher, my heart skips a (literal) beat at the the thought of new school supplies. I love neat piles of notebooks, brand new pens, and erasers in every color.