On January 12th, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Hundreds of thousands were killed, nearly one million Haitians were rendered homeless in a matter of moments.
Essential services, medical care, government agencies, clean water, were all disrupted. Images of the aftermath, of the tent cities, of the overflowing medical clinics, of the food lines, were broadcast across the world.
Two Marines, Jake Wood and William McNulty, knew they could help. Together with six other veterans and first responders, they gathered funds and medical supplies from friends and family and flew into the Dominican Republic. They rented a truck, loaded their gear, and headed west to Haiti.
When they crossed the Artibonite, the river border between Haiti and the Dominican, they crossed their Rubicon; the initial group of eight were irrevocably committed to their task of providing aid to Haiti.
And they did. They treated thousands of patients, traveling to camps deemed “too dangerous” by other aid organizations. They ventured outside the traditional scale of disaster response, focusing on those who would be overlooked, untreated.
As more veterans and first responders joined, it became clear that Team Rubicon was needed outside the United States.
Nearly 50 countries fought alongside the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan in what came to be known as the Coalition of the Willing. Like their American counterparts, veterans from our allied countries also have the desire to continue their service.
Team Rubicon Global (TRG) was to create Team Rubicons across the world
By connecting coalition veterans in a global network of service, TRG provides coalition countries with the resources and support to establish their own Team Rubicons (TRx's). To learn more about TRG's mission and growth, visit TeamRubiconGlobal.org.