How Veterans Continue to Serve Beyond the Military


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By Jake Wood

Right after college, I served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. In Iraq, I led counter-insurgency patrols during the surge in 2007 and then joined a sniper team fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Like many people in the military, I had enormous responsibilities and a powerful mission at a young age.

There are 2.5 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When they come home, they often feel disenchanted with civilian life. They go to school or get an office job, but there’s no real mission. The stakes are nowhere near what they were in the military.

Disaster relief gives veterans those stakes again. At Team Rubicon (Opens Overlay), we recruit veterans to bring their valuable skills to places devastated by crises or natural disasters.

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