October 28, 2013
By Raquel Enero
As active and former military members are often among the most selfless individuals, it should come as no surprise that veterans have a strong track record when it comes to helping communities in times of disaster. Veterans groups have been major players in the recovery and relief processes following several natural disasters that struck the U.S. in the past few years.
The Daily Beast recently reported that one veteran-led relief group called Team Rubicon volunteered to help residents who were impacted by last year's Superstorm Sandy in New York. Sandy was one of the most historic storms to hit New York and several other states in decades, and led to tens of thousands of people losing their homes or cars.
According to the news provider, leaders of Team Rubicon viewed Sandy as an opportunity to step in and help community members around New York through a variety of relief and recovery needs. Members of this group were incredibly proactive, and hundreds of veterans joined up to help out across Long Island and other areas which were devastated by the high winds and drenching rain of the storm.
The source explained that the group left shelters in Manhattan after a short stint, and then went to the hardest hit region of the state, the Rockaways, to try and help residents regain a sense of normalcy.
Leaders from the group told the Daily Beast that they were honored to help in the volunteering effort, and will do so when the need calls again.
Veterans have been known to volunteer to support their communities for decades. AL.com reported this month that one retired U.S. Army Ranger who was a member of the Fire Rescue Department in Morgan County, Ala., gave his life to protect his peers. The news provider stated that Jantzen Frazier, died when responding to a call, but only after being involved with training, maintenance, 24-hour emergency response demands and much more.