In honor of Memorial Day, this we’re highlighting awesome volunteer and service opportunities and organizations that support our military servicemen and women, military families and veterans. And let me just tell you that we couldn’t be more excited to kick off our tribute, with a lil Q&A with Serve DC’s very own The Mission Continues Fellow Anthony (or much more affectionately, Tony) DeMarino!
1. What is Mission Continues and a Mission Continues Fellow?
The Mission Continues is a nonprofit organization started by veterans for veterans. They provide opportunities for veterans to continue to serve their community after the uniform. Through this service, each Mission Continues Fellow is enabled and empowered as a community organizer and Citizen Leader.
2. Why did you decide to become a Mission Continues Fellow?
I became a Mission Continues Fellow to continue to serve my country and make an impact that improves the lives of those around me. By continuing to serve the community here at Serve DC, I have the opportunity to affect the lives of many people, especially veterans, and to enable their success in their transition to civilian life.
3. Why do you think it is important for all Americans to serve their country or community in some way?
It is definitely important for all Americans to serve their country in one form or another, even though it doesn’t have to be military service, to truly understand the breadth and depth of our country. Only through firsthand experience can we gain the knowledge and understanding required to create successful, diverse communities. Whether it’s culture, religion, or politics, reaching across the aisle through actions is the foundation for fostering the relationships that make us better and stronger and individuals, as communities and, ultimately, as a nation.
4. Why are you so committed to service?
I am committed to service because I want to continue to make a difference through my life’s work. For all of my friends that I have served with who have made the ultimate sacrifice, my life, and how I choose to spend my time is their legacy. They have given so much for me and my community, the least I can do is continue to serve to ensure their immeasurable legacy continues.