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Mission Continues Newsletter - October 2009

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In This Issue:

Despite Spinal Injury, Fellow Obtains Fitness Certification

Veterans Day Weekend Celebration To Honor Fellows

Inspired Supporters Lead Fundraisers on Behalf of The Mission Continues

Join Our Cause and Help The Mission Continues Win $50,000

Wreath Laying Ceremony to be Held at Arlington National Cemetery



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Do you believe in the importance of service?  Do you want to help empower wounded or disabled vets to continue their service here at home?  If so, we want you on our team!

For a complete list of volunteer and involvement opportunities please visit our website.  For general questions or comments, please email info@missioncontinues.org or call us at (314) 588-8805.

Forward to a Friend

Dear Friend,

Congratulations to one of our newest Fellows, Michael Paul, who recently completed his CrossFit fitness certification during a two-day training at Camp Pendleton near San Diego. Michael is a former Army Airborne Ranger who suffered a spinal cord injury following a parachuting accident. Michael will be putting his certification to good use by offering strength and conditioning to veterans from Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Veterans Day is right around the corner, and the Mission Continues team is preparing for the arrival of our Fellows, Veterans Outreach Coordinators, and supporters. There are still a few tickets available, so I hope you join us on Nov. 7th at 4 p.m. to celebrate the incredible service of our wounded and disabled veterans. The celebration will be followed by a service project to beautify Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis on Sunday, Nov. 8th.

It's not just our Fellows who are doing amazing work. Nick Sansone, a supporter from St. Louis, organized an evening of bowling and cocktails and raised nearly $15,000 for The Mission Continues. For more information about Nick's event and how you can support The Mission Continues, read below.

Also, we are competing for a chance to win $50,000 through America's Giving Challenge. Read the article below to learn how you can join our cause.

Finally, this Saturday, I will be laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate our fallen military comrades and the ones who continue to serve in the Armed Forces guarding our freedom.

All my best,


Eric Greitens
Chairman and CEO of The Mission Continues 



 Despite Spinal Injury, Fellow Obtains Fitness Certification

Michael Paul, a Mission Continues Fellow, recently completed a two-day training session at Camp Pendleton to earn his CrossFit Level 1 Certification. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that delivers a broad, general, and inclusive fitness. This training is often used for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, and sports that require total physical prowess. Michael, an Army Veteran who suffered from a spinal cord injury in a parachuting accident, joined approximately 25 wounded Marines from the Wounded Warrior Battalion West to earn their certifications. Training included classroom learning, mastering the fundamental CrossFit techniques, and high intensity team workouts. Participants also learned about proper nutrition, as well as how to build their own workout program. Colonel Tom Manion and San Diego Veterans Outreach Coordinator Rich Witt worked with CrossFit to set up the training.

Michael and the wounded Marines saw the certification as a challenge to motivate them to continue their mission in life after their injuries. "This training really opened my eyes and helped me push my limits.  CrossFit took me to the next level and helped me train for other sporting events.  It helped me elevate my game," said Michael.  Michael and the Marines can now use their CrossFit skills to promote exercising and fitness for others with disabilities. Michael is completing his Mission Continues Fellowship with Paralyzed Veterans of America in Los Angeles, CA with support from the Travis Manion Foundation. To read more about Michael's Fellowship, click here.


 
Veterans Day Weekend Celebration To Honor Fellows


Join us for our second annual Veterans Day weekend celebration. Our Fellows (former and current), Veterans Outreach Coordinators, and other supporters will be coming together from across the country to celebrate the continued service of our wounded and disabled veterans. Volunteer awards will be presented and our Fellows will be honored. Festivities begin on Saturday, November 7th in St. Louis at the City Hall Rotunda at 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit our website.

To close out the celebration weekend, on Sunday, November 8th, from 10 a.m. to noon, join us in a clean-up at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis. Volunteers will take part in several activities to beautify the memorial such as picking up trash, pulling weeds, planting flowers and a tree, and polishing memorials and displays. To take part in this service project, contact Chris Martinez at cmartinez@missioncontinues.org or (314) 571-6155.


 Inspired Supporters Lead Fundraisers on Behalf of The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues would like to thank our many supporters who have hosted events to raise money and build awareness for our Fellowship Program. Nick Sansone, for example, hosted the Flamingo Bowl Charity Gala Sept. 26th at the Flamingo Bowl in downtown St. Louis. Over 150 attendees enjoyed hor d'oeuvres, unlimited bowling, and cocktails. This event raised nearly $15,000 to fund fellowships for our wounded and disabled veterans. In additional to raising money, Nick also mentors a Fellow and chairs the Mission Continues Young Executives Board in St. Louis.

Whether you want to hold an event like Nick's or do something on a smaller scale, there are many ways you can raise money for The Mission Continues. During the last two months, our supporters have run the Marine Corp Marathon and 10K, completed an Aquathlon in California, hosted dinners and awareness events, and finished the Chicago Marathon. Want to set up your own event? To get started, visit our event module or contact Lyndsey Hodges at lhodges@missioncontinues.org or (314) 571-6172


Join Our Cause and Help The Mission Continues Win $50,000

America's Giving Challenge is your chance to help us win awards up to $50,000. Until November 6th, The Mission Continues will be competing for cash awards based on the number of donations to our cause. Donations of $10 or more count for the contest, but they have to be made through the  contest donation page, which can be accessed here.

Do you have a Facebook page? If so, make sure you get involved now by leveraging your networks to help us recruit supporters and donations. Not on Facebook? That's okay! You can still participate and donate by visiting this link.

There are just a few days left of this contest, and The Mission Continues is competing with more than 7,000 other non-profits in this challenge. Please help us win by contributing on Friday, October 30th.
 


Wreath Laying Ceremony to be Held at Arlington National Cemetery


Join The Mission Continues and CEO Eric Greitens as we honor those who have fallen by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. The ceremony will begin at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st. This time-honored tradition will commemorate our fallen military comrades and the ones who continue to serve in the Armed Forces guarding our freedom. For more information, click here or contact Alex Borisov, D.C. Veterans Outreach Coordinator at aborisov@missioncontinues.org or (571)-217-9323.
 

 


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