Members of The Mission Continues Miami Platoon were up early Saturday morning cleaning up a homeless veterans cemetery in Miami. All of them served during the post-9/11 era, and despite the many hardships affecting them today, these South Florida veterans continue to serve their communities.
There were no names, only numbers that indicate the grave of a fallen homeless veteran. Undetered by lack of pay or recognition, members of the platoon cleaned up a previously installed garden, and memorial at the cemetery.
“It is all about peace, love, and bringing the best out in the veteran community”, said Marine Corps Veteran Edwin Vasco.
Edwin currently leads The Mission Continues Miami Platoon and usually hosts one event per month. Platoon activities range from cleaning up a school, clearing invasive plant species, suicide awareness walks, or even having a social event to bring veterans together.
According to The Mission Continues website, “The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. We redeploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.”
If you are an interested military veteran, here are two ways you can get involved:
Mission Continues Fellowships allow you to work for a non-profit of your choice for 6 months, while receiving a monthly living stipend. In order to qualify, you must be a Post-9/11 era veteran with a clean criminal record and an honorable discharge. For more information, please visit https://www.missioncontinues.org/fellowships/.
2. Service Platoon
Service platoons consist of veterans and non-veterans in the community that come together to solve specific issues. There is no application process and any veteran, family member, or friend is welcome. In order to find a platoon near you, go to https://www.missioncontinues.org/service-platoons/
If you are in the South Florida area and wish to get involved with the Miami Platoon, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org