Remember Today and Serve On

| Posted By: Vince Moffitt
Remember Today and Serve On

The anniversary of 9/11 is always a difficult time for me as it is for most of us. As a patriotic and passionate American, it was a hard blow, but as a firefighter it seemed to strike even harder. I remember that morning well. I was getting off shift at the firehouse and was getting ready to head home. As I walked into the day... Read More »

College, Combat, and Community Service: How 9/11 Changed My Life

| Posted By: Jake Wood
College, Combat, and Community Service: How 9/11 Changed My Life

Thirteen years ago, I stood in a windowless basement cafeteria at the University of Wisconsin, staring transfixed at a flickering television screen. I watched in horror as men and women leapt from the burning heights of the World Trade Center; moments later I cringed as the second tower fell. My heart sank, and I knew we were at war. Fear—an irrational fear given that I... Read More »

If Not Me, Then Who?

| Posted By: Matt Pelak
If Not Me, Then Who?

For me, the morning of September 11, 2001 was actually the evening of September 10, finishing as I parked my car at home and headed inside to sleep after a long night shift as a paramedic on the streets of Poughkeepsie, NY. I could think of nothing I wanted to do more than just pass out and sleep until 2 p.m., then get up and... Read More »

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 »