(WOIO) - Director J.J Abrams is a busy man. His new film Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters on May 17th, and he's working hard on Star Wars Episode VII set for release in 2015. Those are just a few of his major film projects, not to mention the countless TV shows he is lending his producing talents to.
Behind the scenes though, J.J. and his wife Katie McGrath are supporters of a non-profit organization called The Mission Continues. It is a community service organization helping post-9/11 veterans transition from the military to leadership roles back at home.
The Mission Continues benefits veterans and communities at the same time by sponsoring veterans' enrollment in a 6-month service and leadership program. These veterans dedicate themselves to serving in their community by volunteering for at least 20 hours a week in community organizations to address issues like homelessness, illiteracy and unemployment. The Mission Continues provides the tools, the direction, and a living stipend to these veterans, while the veterans deploy their experience, their skills, and their desire against our communities' most pressing problems.
Since its inception, The Mission Continues has awarded more than 600 fellowships and engaged thousands of volunteers at more than 350 community organizations. And the need continues as more than one million service members will be transitioning back into civilian life over the next four years.