November 11, 2014 - Many of the 2.5 million veterans returning home from serving overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan have a strong desire to continue to serve. While they're happy to be home, high unemployment rates can be demoralizing, and some veterans feel the need to find a new mission and purpose in life.
"People joined the military because they wanted to serve, they wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves," says Matt Pelak, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Team Rubicon.
Team Rubicon is an American non-governmental organization founded by retired U.S. Marines William McNulty and Jacob Wood in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. The organization deploys volunteer teams of military veterans as first responders in the wake of natural disasters. Continuing to serve, help people, and put their military and emergency medical training to use allows veterans to heal their own broken spirits.
"They're members of a team again, they have another shared misery experience that really binds people together. It's just that this time it's not with guns and grenades, it's with gauze and goodwill," McNulty told CBSNews. read more>>>