Team Rubicon Steps into the Arena
Team Rubicon, which formed in January 2010 in response to a devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was initially an envoy of eight medical personnel from the United States who helped thousands of individuals by traveling to camps deemed “too dangerous” by aid organizations. Thus, the official organization was created.
Team Rubicon currently identifies as a disaster response organization that leverages the unique skillsets of veterans and first responders. Its service and camaraderie help veterans gain community, a sense of purpose, and an identity to promote transitioning to civilian life.
The organization gives purpose and meaning to the American Veteran. As our veterans transition to civilian lives, the skills they acquired while serving our country are indispensable but hardly used. Team Rubicon advocates for these veterans, ensuring they utilize the unique skills learned while on active duty. In the last ten years, Team Rubicon deployed more than 4,800 veterans to 788 operations both internationally and domestically. Veteran volunteers led community restoration ravaged by earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes, and wildfires after other aid organizations leave the area.
Chicago welcomes Team Rubicon’s first field operations headquarters in the region in the near future. In 2020, the McCormick Foundation awarded Team Rubicon with an emergency relief grant to help reinforce vital COVID-19 operations in the city of Chicago. Through Operation PPE, Team Rubicon volunteers called “Greyshirts” saved countless lives.
Find out more about Team Rubicon, their service operations, and how veterans continue to enrich our lives at https://teamrubiconusa.org.