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Team Rubicon: Veterans help flood victims

Laura Podell

Laura Podell is a reporter for the Local 4 News Team in Detroit, MI.

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DEARBORN, Mich. – They served in the military at different times.

“I am actually still serving, I am an Army reservist,” said Eric Burghardt of Kalamazoo.

They served at different places.

“I’m a Vietnam veteran, so I am considered one of the older guys in the group,” said Bob Pries of Farmington Hills.

Meet Team Rubicon.

When disasters strike anywhere across the country, this veterans group helps with the clean up. That’s exactly what the cities of Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Southfield did after last week’s flooding left so many homeowners helpless.

“We like to say disasters are our business but Veterans are our passion,” said Pries, Team Rubicon’s incident commander.

“They’ve instructed us to help the elderly and handicapped in their communities so that’s our focus right now, the ones who really have nowhere else to turn.”

Veterans from as far away as Wisconsin were on Jonathon Street Wednesday. They removed water logged carpets, soaked boxes, and disinfected everything. For some this work is a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder therapy, but for others this is a chance to continue to serve the country they love.

“We bond together as veterans and as first responders and the feeling we get from helping people, especially the most needy is just great,” said Burghardt. “The most amazing this is when we tell the resident that our service is completely free. These are individuals who would have had to pay top dollar otherwise to see results.”

“It’s a brotherhood and sisterhood, plain and simple,” said Pries.