The TR Difference

Geoff Evans

TR Australia Liaison Geoff Evans enlisted in the Australian Army Reserves in 1994 and served on four operational deployments to East Timor and Afghanistan during his 20-year career. Whilst serving as a Commando in the Reserves, he became a firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW, and rose to the rank of Senior Fire-Fighter. Geoff sits on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council for Veteran’s Mental Health and, most recently, founded a crisis management shelter for homeless veterans and their families. Geoffrey holds a B.A. in International Relations from Deakin University.

The small suburban area of Glenn Heights sits on the outskirts of Dallas, Texas, where many homes were destroyed by the tornado that ripped through the area on Dec. 26.

Members of Team Rubicon work long days demolishing houses and tidying yards until they are “TR Clean,” which I have learned means you can eat off just about any surface in the yard. This commitment to excellence stems from the loyalty and affection TR members hold for the organization, and with good reason.

TR Australia Liaison Geoff Evans deployed on Operation: Bankhead Blitz in Glenn Heights, TX.
TR Australia Liaison Geoff Evans deployed on Operation: Bankhead Blitz in Glenn Heights, TX.

In the week I have been here, veteran after veteran, and sometimes civilians too, have stood up and talked about the impact TR has had on their lives. In some cases, it has saved them. Having worked with so many veterans back home, I can easily see the “TR difference” here: These guys have their spark back. You can see it in their eyes, and you can here in the constant stream of banter and insults flowing back and forth; brothers (and sisters) in arms once again.

Members deployed in Texas presented Geoff with a TR Australia flag before he returned home.
Members deployed in Texas presented Geoff with a TR Australia flag before he returned home.