'Star Trek' Crew Helps Veterans Returning from Battlefield

'Star Trek' Crew Helps Veterans Returning from Battlefield

Director J.J. Abrams‘ mission with Star Trek Into Darkness wasn’t just to boldly continue his reboot of the dusty Star Trek franchise.

The famed director also wanted to help the real-life heroes of the U.S. military coming home from overseas operations. So Abrams sought out a nonprofit group to make sure his company’s energies went to more than just photon torpedoes and Vulcan ears.

Abrams shared his story with Huffington Post readers this week:

When we began work on the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, we realized it would be released in May 2013 — a time when thousands of troops would be returning home. A moment when our nation would have the opportunity — and responsibility — to make sure we help these post-9/11 veterans transition back to jobs, higher education, or ongoing careers of service….

[Founder and CEO Eric] Greitens, a former Navy Seal and Rhodes Scholar, started The Mission Continues to enable returning military personnel to continue lives of service by taking the skills they learned abroad and using them to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our communities here at home. It gives post-9/11 veterans renewed purpose, and helps all of us at the same time. We were excited to find creative ways to support this mission.

Abrams also cast several veterans in small roles in the film and donated part of the project’s proceeds to the military nonprofit.