How much do you know about our transitioning military veterans? More than 2.2 million veterans served in Iraq and Afghanistan. 92% of recently returned veterans identify continued service in their community as important to them, while 44% of veterans report no longer having a mission. Team Rubicon, a non-profit veteran service organization, Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams, while also aiding their transition from the military. Formed in 2010, in response to the Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon is now a global organization with more than 14,000 volunteers.
Colonel (Ret.) Dan Patton served 30 years with the USACE Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), deploying to reconstruction and disaster recovery operations around the world. As a Reservist for the latter part of his career, Dan volunteered to serve in the USACE Operations Center in DC immediately following the 9/11 attacks, where he supported the Pentagon and World Trade Center recovery missions. In 2011, Dan again volunteered with USACE to command the Joplin Tornado Recovery Field Office. Dan now serves as a volunteer leader with Team Rubicon and will share their story to build awareness of veteran transition challenges and successes.