January 10, 2010. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Port-au-Prince.

In moments, hundreds of thousands were injured, infrastructure and buildings were destroyed, countless were made homeless.

In the days following, many traditional aid organizations were slow to establish relief efforts, citing dangerous and unstable working conditions. Troubled by the scenes in Port-au-Prince and the lack of proper aid, two Marines, Jake Wood and William McNulty, decided to act. Gathering supplies and volunteers, the small group of veterans, first responders, and medical professionals deployed to Haiti in the days following the earthquake.

When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon at the head of his legions and marched on Rome, it marked a point of no return. The phrase “crossing the Rubicon” has since survived in reference to any group committing itself to a risky course of action.

Crossing over the Artibonite River, the natural border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the small team of eight volunteers called themselves “Team Rubicon” in reference to the Rubicon River in Rome – by crossing their Rubicon, the team acknowledged they were irrevocably committed to their task of helping those in need.

The small group focused on populations often overlooked or underserved by traditional aid organizations. By applying medical and leadership skills honed by years of service in the military, Team Rubicon provided aid to thousands of survivors of the Haiti Earthquake. From this initial operation, a larger organization grew, one committed to helping underserved communities impacted by disasters.

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.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.

The Story of Team Rubicon

From Haiti to Houston, learn about Team Rubicon's mission

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