Thank you so much for the Dinner Celebration Saturday evening.
It was so moving and heartfelt. I especially enjoyed the soldiers story-not very often do things bring me to tears but that story did.
I feel that being a part of the CM family has brought me closer to healing. It's so wonderful to see that there are individuals out there that support us Vets and willing to help with the healing process. CM enables me to get outside, play, laugh and just have fun.
Thank you so much!!
I have been in the Continue Mission family since the time they started. They have been there for me through a tough marriage followed by divorce. Job changes and challenges. A new exciting marriage and coping with adding 5 kids all at once to my life. I have been diagnosed with Lupus since being with CM, and they accommodate my new diet needs at events. They really give me support with all of it.
They supported me through climbing Mt Rainier. They wanted to see me conquer more, and assisted and supported me getting to Mt Kilimajaro and summiting the mountain. They arranged for lots of gear that I needed to be donated for the trip, as well as purchasing gear that I needed. It was a tremendous help. The help didn't stop there, they had coordinated with a climbing guide to take a Veteran to Africa without me having to pay for the mountain climb itself. It was the only way I would be able to get there.
The program is amazing, I enjoy getting outside and getting the physical activity. It helps me to feel like I can manage my Post Traumatic Stress, and depression better, and now my Lupus. It is hard to always self motivate to get out and be active, but with the countless activities CM has it is possible to be active and be supported in those activities. But the most important thing I feel is support and care from my CM family.
In the Military you have a purpose and a goal, but you also have a feeling like you are a part of a community with a common goal. With CM, you are a part of that community and CM family. It is the best feeling. Without CM I would be missing that. Missing out on this supportive family that I enjoy being a part of.
CM has arranged for me to attend training's for Mental Health. I have truly enjoyed learning the things taught, and it helps me to be a better advocate for myself and a better friend and peer to others as they struggle through tough challenges with PTSD or depression.
The military taught us all how to be a fighter, how to be a team. Then when we leave, we no longer have that team. Programs like CM allow us to fight for each other, and to be a team, to advocate for each other. I am so blessed for my CM family. I enjoy them just as much as my new family. It is so fun when they do family events that my kids can come to and meet other Veterans like me their mama, and meet other children who have veterans as parents.
Gunners Mate Second Class
I just watched the Continue Mission documentary online on BYU TV. I could'nt get my eyes off my comoputer screen and was hanging onto every word I heard. I am still in, been serving for 17 years. I did 5 tours downrange. I see myself going again at least one more time. I can relate to absolutely everything y'all shared in the documentary.
Just wanted to thank you for what you are doing for the vets. Maybe one day, I will get out of the house and join y'all.