Understanding Suicide

| Posted By: Gina Bartolomeo
Understanding Suicide

I know nothing about suicide. I know even less so about military veterans who commit suicide. I first became involved with veterans through work I did as a consultant at the VA several years ago. One day at work, I found Team Rubicon via a Facebook post on the VA’s page. As an employee, I felt like I didn’t know nearly enough about veterans, so... Read More »

Lessons from Dad

| Posted By: Christine Palmer
Lessons from Dad

I began volunteering for Team Rubicon after a Google search for international jobs. I filled out the application, spoke to a leader in Region 3, and a week later, I was hooked. I didn’t know the first thing about veterans of this generation, but my father, uncle, and great uncle served in the U.S. Navy, Marines, and Army, respectively. I was born with a love... Read More »

The New Greatest Generation

| Posted By: Matt Runyon
The New Greatest Generation

I have immense respect for Joe Klein, who wrote the 2011 Time magazine article “The New Greatest Generation.” I often reread that piece, not as an affirmation of what I or we’ve accomplished but as a reminder of what’s expected of us. In April, I spoke in front of 700 veterans, cadets, and other distinguished guests at my alma mater, the University of Southern California. I recounted my... Read More »

What is TR Nation?

| Posted By: Bobbi Snethen
What is TR Nation?

TR Nation [Tee-arr ney-shun] n. – The prodigious, good-looking, and service-minded team of volunteers and supporters fueling the relief machine that is Team Rubicon (TR). Some members of TR Nation are inked and bearded. Some, white-collared and tech-savvy. Several are svelte and nimble, while others have never owned a garment without an “XL” on the tag. Most are foul-mouthed, good-humored, and typically advocate for wearing silkies/ranger... Read More »

Clean, Mean, and Behind the Scenes

| Posted By: Erica Chomsky
Clean, Mean, and Behind the Scenes

Getting time off work on short notice, finding someone to watch the kids, working in 100-degree heat – there are plenty of reasons that might prevent you from getting your boots on the ground for an operation with Team Rubicon. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need you. There’s a dedicated team of people working from home, feeding intel to the team on the ground before, during, and after an op.... Read More »

Seeker of Service

| Posted By: Johnny Crespo
Seeker of Service

Born in Miami, raised on Paris Island, and forged with an American iron heart, I have always searched for an opportunity to serve. Since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be in some sort of military, humanitarian, or support group. Hence why right after graduating high school, I decided to do something about that desire to be of service to my family and the country I love. Having... Read More »

The More You Sweat, the Less You Bleed

| Posted By: Patrick Moltrup
The More You Sweat, the Less You Bleed

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot from my dad, but at the top of that list is “always be prepared.” Be prepared? For what? Well, for anything and everything, really. I never took this lesson very seriously. My dad usually spoke with a slightly sarcastic, joking tone. He constantly tested me and my brother to see if we were sharp enough, and then he’d be really... Read More »

Six Ways to Help Achieve Work-Life-Volunteer Balance

| Posted By: Chris Ryan
Six Ways to Help Achieve Work-Life-Volunteer Balance

We’ve all heard about the importance of achieving a work-life balance. Add some volunteerism in the disaster relief arena and you’ve got long deployments, late nights, and ongoing training to prepare you for the next response. Being able to forge a sound relationship among work, life, and volunteerism is crucial, and despite what it seems, it’s actually possible. Here are six tips on achieving the WLV balance based on... Read More »

Setting the Pace in Pennsylvania

| Posted By: Lourdes Tiglao
Setting the Pace in Pennsylvania

Veterans and civilians make up the big, service-minded family better known as TR Nation. Allow us to share the path of two leaders hailing from Pennsylvania, and get some juicy insight on their backgrounds, motivations, and a few pearls of wisdom for any volunteers aspiring to take on a leadership role within TR. Name: Matthew Bell, Air National Guard TR Position: Regional Training Officer (2014), Eastern PA District... Read More »

Preventing Suicide Among the TR Ranks

| Posted By: Jeremy Bersin
Preventing Suicide Among the TR Ranks

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Data Report, 2012, “An estimated 22 veterans will have died from suicide each day in the calendar year 2010.” Extrapolate that, and you get over 8,000 veteran suicides annually, a number far too large to not act. With those statistics in mind, Region 1 wrapped up June 2014 with a weekend-long Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training (ASIST) where about 20 volunteers... Read More »