This is the time of year when we think about giving back to our communities. Veterans Day weekend is especially important as a time to reflect on the amazing gift those who have served in the military have given us. Their personal remarkable sacrifices are profound, and this is what makes veterans so special.
Yet this generous spirit does not end when soldiers return home after military service. For many, it’s only the beginning of a lifetime of giving back to their communities. To support their efforts to give back, the organization The Mission Continues offers service fellowships and organizes events across the country.
“Our mission is to challenge veterans to serve and inspire in communities across America,” explained The Mission Continues CEO Eric Greitens, whom I had the pleasure of speaking with by phone. “We work with post-9/11 veterans who come home and want to continue their mission of service. We believe that they have the ability to serve, to lead, and to reinvigorate communities.”
This year, to kick off Veterans Day weekend, The Mission Continues teamed with NBC Universal and Hollywood luminaries in an effort to fight childhood hunger. One in five children in America is hungry. It’s a critical problem that needs to be fought here at home, and it can only be solved through efforts such as this past Friday’s fantastic event: young veterans teamed with everyone’s favorite writer-producer-director J.J. Abrams, creator of shows like “Lost” and “Alias,” and other awesome celebrities to fill 5000 backpacks for food-insecure children in Los Angeles.
I love how this event shows the caring side of the entertainment industry while helping children in need. In addition, it shows how truly amazing the participating veterans are. They are committed to a lifetime of service to our country, both by serving in the military, and by helping those in need at home.
I stand in awe of these veterans. This week, let’s take a moment to express our gratitude to the people in our lives who have served in the military, or to express gratitude to a soldier or veteran whom we might run into in our daily lives but not know personally. Their spouses and families who support them also deserve recognition: they are also serving our country in very important ways.
I personally want to thank my dad and my brother-in-law Yariel for their military service–THANK YOU!!