Each issue in this section, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charity that benefits military veterans and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day. To back that up, our parent company – OpenSystems Media – will make a donation to every charity we showcase on this page.
This issue we are highlighting Team Rubicon, a 501(c)(3) organization that pairs the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions to provide disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, both domestic or international.
Through continued service, Team Rubicon seeks to provide military veterans with three things they often feel like they have lost after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the effect one individual can make. Team Rubicon aims to help veterans transition from military to civilian life through leadership development and other opportunities.
Two Marines, Jake Wood and William McNulty, formed Team Rubicon in January 2010 following the Haiti earthquake, when the pair led a medical team into Port-au-Prince three days after the quake. The team treated thousands of patients, traveling to camps deemed “too dangerous” by other aid organizations, venturing outside the traditional scale of disaster response and focusing on those who would be overlooked or untreated.
Since its beginning, Team Rubicon has deployed on more than 175 operations, including such U.S. disasters as Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Debby, Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Sandy, and the tornado destruction of Moore, Oklahoma. The organization has also responded internationally during disasters in Pakistan, Chile, Myanmar, Sudan, Ecuador, Nepal, Greece, and Turkey.
For more information, please visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.