In January 2010, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. Initial reports of the devastation compelled a group of military veterans to assemble a team and deploy to Port-au-Prince to support emerging relief efforts.
In Haiti, it became clear that military veterans are uniquely prepared to provide immediate emergency response aid, oftentimes in the early hours of a disaster before larger relief organizations can get on the ground.
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
Team Rubicon recruits, trains, equips, organizes and deploys veterans to aid in disaster response operations around the world. This is our way of bridging the gap between returning veterans and their home communities. We demonstrate - to society and individual veterans alike - that veterans are powerful resources with skills to be harnessed.
A Sense of Purpose Team Rubicon offers a unique opportunity to be part of humanitarian efforts with a unified purpose, mission, and intensity that is reminiscent of military experience.
Part of a Community The team-based model gives veterans the opportunity to be part of a larger community with a shared vision, creating a familiar sense of belonging and comradeship. A Feeling of Identity Veterans strengthen their sense-of-self by proudly identifying with Team Rubicon through the meaningful contributions they make on disaster-affected communities.
Over 140 missions rebuilding communities from disasters that range from hurricanes, to tornadoes, to floods, to earthquakes.
Over 35,000 volunteers committed to serve.
Over 5,000 veterans have deployed to over 20 countries, with an initial response time of 24 hours or less.
Tens of thousands of lives affected in communities around the globe.
TEAM: Emphasizes the organization's military ethos of small, cohesive units.
RUBICON: The river in northeastern Italy, that divided the Roman Republic from Gaul.
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. On January 17th, 2010, despite government and large aid organization's advice not to proceed, Team Rubicon members crossed the Artibonite River separating the Dominican Republic and Haiti, carrying crucial gear and medical supplies to the people of Port-au-Prince. Once across, they were irrevocably committed to their task. Hence the name: Team Rubicon
The Team Rubicon logo consists primarily of a cross turned on its side with a river flowing through it. The cross represents the traditional symbol of medical aid. It is on its side because Team Rubicon represents such a departure from the current paradigm in disaster response. The river flowing through the cross represents the "Gap" that exists between large natural disasters and conventional aid response. Team Rubicon serves to "Bridge" this gap; providing field triage and relief operations until large aid organizations and nations can provide definitive care.
"Bridge the Gap" refers to Team Rubicon's primary mission of providing disaster relief between the moment a disaster happens and the point at which conventional aid organizations respond. The "gap" is primarily time; the crucial window following a disaster when victims have traditionally been without outside aid. When the "Gap" closes - once conventional aid organizations arrive - Team Rubicon moves on.
Team Rubicon seeks to provide our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, TR also aims to "bridge the gap" between military and civilian life.