Mission Continues: Seattle 1st Service Platoon Wants You… to play mini golf with us.

Some of you may know I started working with this great organization who’s goal is to give veterans a purpose while making a lasting impact in our community. Come out and hang with your new platoon. – Nick SullivanSocial Hangout


AUGUST 14, 2015 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

2501 15th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

Nicholas Sullivan
(206) 851-4844

Join Seattle 1st Platoon for an evening of appetizers, networking and mini golf with fellow veterans at Interbay Golf Course. This is your chance to learn about your new platoon and collaborate on the platoon’s mission.

This is our first social event and the beginning of what the Seattle 1st Platoon can do for Seattle.

WHAT TO WEAR : Casual wear

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VA accountability isn’t too much to ask

IAVAJust one year ago, Americans learned of secret VA wait lists, whistleblower retaliation and veteran patients dying while waiting to see a doctor. Despite these revelations, few VA employees have been held accountable for their negligence.

We need your help to bring about true reform at the VA.

Later today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Reform Act, which will streamline the process for removing or demoting VA employees for poor performance or misconduct, and enhance protections for whistleblowers who expose negligence.

In addition, Congress will soon consider a bill that provides the VA increased spending flexibility to better meet the health care needs of our nation’s veterans while keeping hospitals from closing. In the interest of our veteran members facing urgent health care needs, we urge Congress to support the funding measure.

Please call your members of Congress TODAY and encourage them to support increased staff accountability at the VA and budget flexibility to keep hospitals open.

Passing VA accountability reform is the next step in IAVA’s eight-point “Marshall Plan for Veterans” issued last year to restore confidence in the VA. We still have a long way to go but we hope this bill will help heal the rift created between the VA and our veterans.

IAVA is a non-partisan organization founded and led by post-9/11 veterans. For more information about IAVA’s policy priorities, visit: http://iava.org/campaigns/

One team. One fight.


2015 Vets Restore

Hey all! It’s that time of year and we are recruiting for Vets Restore 2015. August is right around the corner, and the application process closes on August 14th!

We need to get the word out to apply NOW before missing out on an exciting opportunity!!!

Attached are the Vets Restore flyer and application. The application may be filled out online by clicking on the link in the flyer or printed out and completed. Please make sure that the hard copy applications make it to Candice Corey at the KCVP office in Renton; see contact info below.

Here is the 2015 Vets Restore program timeline:

2015 Program Calendar:

July 6
Application period opens.

August 14
August 18-20

DEADLINE TO APPLY. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m.
Selected applicant interviews
August 21

Applicant notification

September 14 – October 9
4-week training program in basic preservation practices at Washington Hall: safety, tools skill-building, hands-on carpentry projects, mentoring sessions and field trips

October 12 -December 4
8-week, full-time, paid internships under Lydig Construction at Washington Hall.

December 9


Please contact Candice Corey at 206-477-6989 or Emily Kenna at 206-477-7015 if you have any questions!

Vets Restore 2015

Mission Continues South Sound Social Collaborative on the Water, Saturday, August 1st 9am – 6pm

1st Platoon South Sound,

1st Platoon South Sound Platoon members will join the Seattle Stand Down and Heroes on the Water volunteers to provide a day of outdoor activity and #onemilitaryfamily camaraderie for the Veteran residents of the Salvation Army William Booth Center on Saturday, August 1st from 9am to 6pm. Platoon Members can register here for the event.

imageLocation of Event: Dash Point State Park
Address: 5700 S.W. Dash Point Rd., Federal, Way, 98023
More info: http://www.parks.wa.gov/496/Dash-Point

Please be advised the State Park where event will be held requires a discover pass or $10.00 fee per vehicle for parking. If this is a problem for anyone please let me know I can reimburse this expense.

Heroes on the Water are providing the kayaks and poles for veterans, but if you have your own pole feel free to bring it! Don’t forget sunscreen, towels, and other summer essentials, like a 90’s boombox and blueblockers.

Continental breakfast, lunch, and a fish fry dinner will be provided!

If you can’t make the whole day feel free to stop by for as long as you can and say hello to old and new platoon members. This is our first social of the Platoon Year and just in time to savor the summer sun before getting dirty with high impact projects in the South Sound.

* William Booth Center veterans are veterans living in a clean and sober transitional home while they rebuild their lives. This is a great opportunity for them to feel normal for a day amongst their veteran brothers and sisters.

If you have any questions or concerns please email Ryan Mielcarek, 1st Platoon South Sound at rmielcarek@missioncontinues.org. TMC is assisting with food for the day so if you want to volunteer to assist please contact me.

We plan to take a Platoon Photo to update our Platoon Website on Saturday so sport your TMC Blue.

Look for the 1st Platoon South Sound Guidon and bring your summer chairs if you have them.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Ryan Mielcarek

The Mission Continues

South Sound Platoon Leader (Greater King, Pierce,Thurston Counties) 

Operation: WelcomeOneHome Event

Veterans, Neighbors and Landlords,

Please join us Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. for the campaign launch event of Operation: WelcomeOneHome

A Community Call to Action to end Veteran homelessness in King County by December 31, 2015.

WE NEED YOU, so please share this link with your professional and personal networks to truly make this a community event!

Registration and more details at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/operationwelcomeonehome-campaign-launch-tickets-17927177671

We look forward to seeing you there!

VetChange and Other Websites for Veterans Concerned with Their Drinking

Boston University provides VetChange in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. A free online program for Veterans concerned about their drinking: https://vetchange.org/home

Here are some other sites that have been promoted within the VA:




No One Does More For Veterans


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