Mike Monroe

Daily Point of Light # 4707 Feb 22, 2012

Mike Monroe is a U.S. Marine veteran currently employed with the Office of Homeland Security and is dedicated to serving today’s veterans and their families.
Mike currently serves as a volunteer on three advisory panels for the Community Blueprint Network, an initiative of Points of Light. The Blueprint is an organized network that drives collaboration, innovation, best practice sharing and more efficient coordination of the delivery of services among organizations serving military and veteran communities. Mike provides guidance and oversight into the development of tools that will be leveraged by community leaders across the country who want to better serve veterans, service members and their families as well as better engage these individuals in service.
Mike also participates in ultra-endurance sports competitions to raise money for charities. Recently he ran 9-10 hours for a 50 mile race and then biked an additional 10-11 hours for more than 95 miles to raise almost $35,000.00 for The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit that challenges post-9/11 veterans to rebuild purpose through community service. The money will be used to fund three fellowships for wounded warriors as well as provide money for the organizational operational costs.
To date, Mike has raised more than $300,000 for various causes including spinal cord injury research, ALS, Alzheimer’s, and veterans’ charities. Events and races include six Ironman triathlons, first ever decathlon across the U.S. and many more.
Mike leverages his skills and talents to raise money for organizations so that they can meet their missions.
“I am a veteran who is fortunate enough to have so much in my life,” says Mike. “I do these events for veterans who aren’t as fortunate. We owe our veterans not just a debt of gratitude– We need to welcome them back as productive, appreciated members of our communities. Veterans certainly appreciate hearing ‘thanks for your service’ but they also want to feel a sense of purpose and self-worth.”
This is what makes Mike a Daily Point of Light.