Buddy Check, Over?

Pat Ross

Team Rubicon’s essence is being a team. It’s in our name. It’s on our shirts. It’s in our blood, sweat and on the tip of our tongues when we toast. We take care of each other so that each one of us can be ready to be there when disasters strike.



Three ways to be on the forefront of taking care of each other.


1. Be the kind of person who conducts a buddy check.

Make time to send a text to someone with whom you deployed. Keeping up with distant social ties requires active dedication and discipline. We did it when we were in uniform — let’s keep that tradition going. Who will you text today?

2. Gain suicide intervention skills.

Learn the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is just straight forward, real talk, no bullshit course that will teach you how to face down suicide situations. Make a commitment to learn it. It’s 16 hours in person and it is worth it. Once you sign up for the next course, commit to seeing it through. Share that you are taking it with your social network or family and friends.Who will you bring with you to the course?

3. Be a champion of best in class organizations.

Organizations like George W. Bush InstituteWounded Warrior Project, the Warrior Care NetworkCohen Veterans NetworkMarcus Institute and GetHeadstrongHow can you share the work they are doing?

If you or another member are having thoughts of self-harm, suicide, or depression, connect with trained professionals available 24/7 for immediate support:

When we joined Team Rubicon, we made a commitment to each other and the communities we serve to be ready and to be there when we are needed most.



This commitment requires us to keep ourselves mentally, physically, and financially healthy. When one of this dimensions starts to take a hit, take a knee and adjust, just as we would when we were in the military.

We are built to serve and communities around the globe are counting on us. Be ready.

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