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‘Charlie Mike’: The Story of Veterans Who Continue to Serve Through Team Rubicon

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The woman at the Red Cross said Port-au-Prince, Haiti was too dangerous for untrained volunteers after the earthquake when Marine veteran Jake Wood called to volunteer in January 2010. “It’s complete chaos there,” she said. “I’m a marine,” he replied. “We do chaos.” Wood hung up the phone and started calling fellow veterans. One who responded was fellow Marine vet William McNulty. They had only spoken on the phone and when they met 24 hours later in the airport in the Dominican Republic, they cobbled together a team consisting of the vets, a firefighter, an ER physician, an obstetrician and a medic. They had little more than their go-bags, some money and a passion to serve. They created medical triage…

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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service

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Many of you don’t have to go to work today. Sure, that’s great, sleep in if you like. But when you get up, think about giving back this MLK Day. While the government’s healthcare website might be finicky at best, its site dedicated to this National Day of Service (did you know that existed?) is excellent and lets you pinpoint volunteer opportunities within your community. Check out http://mlkday.gov/serve/find.php to find a project in your area that touches your heart. If you need inspiration, look no further than the man of the day, who underscored to us that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘what are you doing for others?’” This is the 20th anniversary of the day we observe…

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