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Veterans Help Disaster Victims Through Team Rubicon

November 23, 2013
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Veterans Help Disaster Victims Through Team Rubicon
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The organization's 12,000 members have served in 21 different U.S. communities

Thousands of military veterans are finding that the best way to heal their psychological war wounds is by helping others. In 2010, Marine Corps veterans Jacob Wood and Will McNulty founded Team Rubicon, an organization that unites veterans in helping communities when disaster strikes. After first forming to assist Haitians following the 2010 earthquake, Team Rubicon’s 12,000 members have served disaster victims in 21 different communities throughout the U.S. and several places in the world, including Japan following the 2011 tsunami and the Philippines in recent days. Many veterans developed emergency-response skills during their service in Iraq and Afghanistan and bring that knowledge to Team Rubicon’s work. Veterans suffering from PTSD often find engaging in this volunteer work to be therapeutic, and bonding with other veterans while helping people in need is just what the doctor ordered.

 

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