You'll also encounter a remarkable human being in author Eric Greitens, a Rhodes Scholar, Navy SEAL, and founder of the Mission Continues, an organization that encourages military veterans to serve and lead in their communities.
A graduate of Duke University, Greitens also holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University, where he studied how international humanitarian organizations can best help children overcome the ravages of war. His classroom education has been complemented by visits to Rwanda, Croatia, Cambodia, and Bolivia, where he served as a photographer and humanitarian volunteer, and his experiences as a Navy SEAL, which brought him to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Southeast Asia.
While visiting hospitalized veterans in 2007, Greitens discovered that despite having been severely wounded, many veterans still wanted to serve, if no longer in the military, then in their communities. Out of this experience grew Greitens's foundation, the Mission Continues, which funds fellowships for veterans around the country eager to volunteer their time and talents. Service projects and opportunities are available in many settings: volunteers spend time in schools, homeless shelters, parks, food banks--virtually any location where people with energy and civic pride are needed.
Greitens believes that the commitment and devotion displayed by Mission participants is not limited to those who have served in the military. "We've created a human program that works for veterans," he says. "There is no reason it can't work for civilians."
Joe Klein, the author of a recent Time article on Greitens and the Mission Continues, agrees. "There seems to be a general hunger for service in the 30-and-under millennial generation; in 2011 there were 582,000 applications for 82,000 slots in Americorps, the federal government's volunteer service program," Klein writes. "Programs like the Peace Corps and Teach for America are also bursting with applicants."
The importance of service--of being committed to the welfare of others and the betterment of the world--is a major theme of The Warrior's Heart, a book that will be read and discussed in many classes at NCC in 2013-2014. It will also be the topic of Greitens's talk at Nassau on Monday, Nov. 4, as well as several campus programs scheduled throughout the year. The spirit of service will be reflected in The First-Year Experience program's annual Day of Service on Wednesday, April 2, in which the campus community will participate in a variety of campus and community service projects.
You'll hear more about The Warrior's Heart, both in and out of the classroom, throughout 2013-2014. Be a part of that conversation. Attend Eric Greitens's presentation on November 4, and, of course, take part in the many activities related to the book and its emphasis on service.
Make your voice heard and your presence felt!