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Program aims to provide meaning, structure for military veterans

February 18, 2013 |  8:38 am

Eric Greitens (right, foreground) and other veterans with The Mission Continues during a daylong building project at the Dream Center in Los Angeles. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Returning to civilian life can be difficult for veterans, especially when it does not seem to offer the same structure and sense of purpose that the military does.

That's why Navy SEAL Eric Greitens started The Mission Continues to place veterans in six-month public-service stints with non-profit organizations. The idea is that the work can serve as a bridge between military service and either a full-time job or a resumption of education.

There is a tough-love aspect. Greitens challenges the veterans to change the misperceptions that many civilians have about veterans. And to remember their friends who did not return from Iraq or Afghanistan.

"We are going to honor their lives -- by living their values," Greitens told a group of Mission Continues veterans assembled recently in Los Angeles.

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Photo: Eric Greitens (right, foreground) and other veterans with The Mission Continues during a daylong building project at the Dream Center in Los Angeles. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

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