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What is TR Nation?

Bobbi Snethen

Bobbi hails from Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement.

TR Nation [Tee-arr ney-shun] n. – The prodigious, good-looking, and service-minded team of volunteers and supporters fueling the relief machine that is Team Rubicon (TR).


Some members of TR Nation are inked and bearded. Some, white-collared and tech-savvy. Several are svelte and nimble, while others have never owned a garment without an “XL” on the tag. Most are foul-mouthed, good-humored, and typically advocate for wearing silkies/ranger panties in the workplace.

One hundred percent of TR Nation cares about service. They want to help communities affected by disasters and they care about giving veterans another chance to serve after taking off the uniform. TR Nation is also über generous with their donations – be it time, smarts, sweat, or dollars.

Whether you deployed on a relief operation with TR, dropped some coin to support the mission, or enthusiastically shared TR’s story with your third cousin’s parole officer, you should identify as a proud member of TR Nation.

The other day, I saw this guy flex his bicep right under a nasty lookin’ funnel cloud and it instantly turned into a rainbow. He must’ve been a member of TR Nation.

  • William Eberle

    *chuckle* yes, indeed, even Chuck Norris couldn’t get a funnel cloud to change into a rainbow :-)

    This is a great post! Thanks for sharing, Bobbi!

    • Robert Caroline

      Need Mcgiver its amazing what he can do with a Shoelace and a coconut.

  • Mikey Hernandez

    And some of us are tech savvy and bearded! Look out!

  • Jason Ferguson

    Proud member of TR Nation right here babaaay!

  • Veronica

    Do you have to be military to help out?

    • Hi Veronica,

      No, it’s not a requirement to have military experience to join the team. About 80 percent of our members are veterans, while the remaining 20 are first responders, emergency managers, builders, marketing professionals, fundraisers – you name it. Plenty of ways to get involved at http://www.teamrubiconusa.org/join-the-team.

  • Ryan

    Alright so here’s the thing, I’ve been drinking a little. Tomorrow I’ll do some legit research but I’m a former 1/75 guy and a current PA student. When I graduate will there be a place for me to volunteer here?

  • Oscar L.

    I see that TR Nation is deployed out of Texas, I’m from Queens New York, can I still volunteer or is this strickly Texas only?

  • Joel Elliott Parker RN

    This is the best description of a group of folks, ever! I can’t wait to jump in.