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Healing Myself One Storm at a Time

Merissa Morgan

Merissa is an Army veteran residing in Region 6 currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas.

When you are called up to go on a tornado relief operation with Team Rubicon, there are a few things you can expect:

  1. You’re likely going to be knee-deep in debris.
  2. At the end of the day, some muscles you forgot existed are going to hurt.
  3. Sunscreen and water will become your best friends.

What you may not expect is that while you are sifting through broken boards and insulation, you’re taking a huge load off the shoulders of someone who’s had their entire life thrown around. By simply offering a slice of pizza and a bottle of water to the electrical workers, we’re forging a positive reflection of this team. Offering a hug to a homeowner who is in shock and disbelief may be the exact thing they need at the moment. The simple things we take part in are usually a big deal and may have reminded someone there is still plenty of good in the world.

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Merissa was awarded a traveling trophy for busting ass during Operation: Roughneck in Sand Springs, OK.

Team Rubicon is the comradery and family I’ve missed since I got out of the Army. I can be myself here and know I am cared about and looked after. I know someone will always have my six. I want to be that positive role model for my son and other children and show the future generations that to make the world a better place, you need to be that change. A little sweat and hard work is as good for the body as it is for the soul, and empathy and caring for other people is not a weakness. Team Rubicon is allowing me to make a difference in people’s lives.

By helping others heal, I myself am healing, one storm at a time.

During Operation: Roughneck, we also reflected on the anniversary of losing Clay Hunt. I think he was smiling down on us and reminding us to “embrace the suck.”

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Merissa was joined by 25 fellow members in Oklahoma this spring in the wake of an EF-2 tornado.