No Veteran Left Behind.
Continue Mission is a mission that is working, as it offers tremendous support Veterans. They focus on helping veterans break down what they are feeling when they return to civilian life. They involve Veterans and their families in recreational and educational programs that promote health and wellness and positive life-changing experiences. They raise mental health awareness and take an active in suicide prevention. Veterans report that when they get together at home,
they truly enjoy the camaraderie. They enjoy talking to someone who can relate to what they have been through and how they are feeling. It is helpful for veterans to get out of the house and enjoy activities together, which is a great help for depression for most Veterans. It's being with someone who understands. When they come home from the war they feel like they don't fit anymore. It's hard to turn off the former adrenaline rush. They transition from having a purpose to feeling like their life has lost purpose. "When you first come home this so difficult. I don't think civilians understand what it's like when you return home,"
said Army Medic Veteran Leslie Zimmerman. Nothing is the same at home, and the Vets are not the same person they were when they left. Your children have aged, and they sometimes don't remember their military parent. Many veterans are suffering, feeling isolated, and have a great deal of anxiety. That's when Vets begin to drink too much, and they want to return to the field. Veterans returning home often experience depression and PTSD. They developed close relationships during their tours, and lost many of their friends there; and when they return home, it is very difficult to hear of their friends taking their own lives.
Pathfinder One is a unique program for Vets.
It is not a weakness
to get help. Veterans can do much to help each other pull through their depression and mental issues, instead of Veterans taking their own lives. If you lose someone
overseas, your mission isn't over; and as a Veteran, their continued mission now is
to continue on with life.One Veteran helping another Vet is healing to both Vets.
Continue Mission is an outreach program that encourages Veterans to get out and do things together. It has made a big difference in the lives of many Vets. It gets them out of the house, involved, and back to life. The Mission is to help Veterans, so they can help other Veterans. They come to have purpose, rather than sitting and feeling sorry for themselves. They say, no Veteran left behind
. Continue Mission takes calls 24/7. Every Veteran matters, every single one. Veterans are a unique family. This program is more than what Veterans are looking for. It evolves into a true family, a big family, that brings a great deal of happiness to Vets. They have served their country, and now as they are healing at home, they are serving each other. They enjoy sharing their lives and their stories with each other. Instead of taking their lives, they gain a desire to continue their mission at home. For more information, see http://www.continuemission.org/
(Source: Continue Mission,
Turning Point, BYU broadcasting, Jan 29, 2017)