Partner Spotlight: Team Rubicon

By Scott Schimmel

If you happened to catch at least one inning of the World Series last week, then I guarantee you that you saw a commercial highlighting one of our dear partners, Team Rubicon. Founded by Marine Corps Veterans Will McNulty and Jake Wood in 2010 in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Team Rubicon seeks to provide their veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and identity, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, Team Rubicon looks to help veterans transition from military to civilian life.

Two years ago, a good friend, Christina Glennon, introduced us to the leadership of Team Rubicon after seeing firsthand our work in impacting veterans in transition through The Honor Foundation. We started a small pilot a few months later, and have since built our program into the fabric of Team Rubicon's Clay Hunt Fellowship program. Clay Hunt was one of the original members of the organization who tragically lost his battle with PTSD and depression in 2011 and the Fellowship program, in Clay's honor, seeks to build leadership capacity through an in-depth, deep dive mixture of guided self-discovery, leadership training, and applied service projects. Led by Michael Davidson (who is now a key military/veteran advisor for us), the Fellowship Program is expanding to include even more members of TR.

Through our partnership with Team Rubicon, we've learned to tailor our programs to veterans from all branches of service who seek to rediscover what a purposeful life looks like in a civilian mode. A year ago, Clay Hunt Fellow JJ Selvig, wrote an important piece in which he said following:

Team Rubicon has helped me realize my purpose in life and has given me the training and help to deal with my PTSD and not be afraid of it. I am currently a Clay Hunt Fellow where we went through a program call YouSchool, a self-discovery program. It goes deep and makes you face your past and deal with your weaknesses. This has helped me in so many ways, and I am currently going through CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) to help me with my PTSD. We talk about my deployments, and I am slowly opening up and not hiding from those boxes that hold the details of those moments.

We're seeking to partner with more veteran organizations in the coming months, having now received so much positive feedback from veterans themselves that our programs serve and support them in meaningful ways. We're thinking, too, about how we can contribute to a broader conversation about redefining what a happy, healthy veteran looks like.