A few days ago, I heard a news item that really caught my attention.
It was about Team Rubicon – and maybe you’ve heard about them, but their mission was new to me.
And while the news story was heart-warming, it had a very sad beginning: the wide-swipe of a killer tornado.
But what is so up-lifting is the “silver-lining” role Team Rubicon is playing in the wake of nature’s funnel-monster roar.
Team Rubicon is all about returning soldiers. They’ve been to war, often watching their buddies die, they’re even been injured themselves, yet they’ve made it out. And they feel lucky to have made it out alive.
So lucky, in fact, that they continue to help with disaster-stricken people in devastated settings.
Team Rubicon bridges the critical time gap between large humanitarian disasters and conventional aid response. They’re the vital first-responders. Working in small teams, they bring in medical care and they deploy fast with their mission of search and rescue. They’re there to do the heavy-lifting, often wielding chain saws to clear the worst debris.
What was so moving was their commitment to service. After serving their military deployments, they’re continuing to serve in such a much needed humanitarian capacity.
As highly skilled returning soldiers, they’re continuing to serve in the most demanding of on-the-ground work. Plus, they’re used to working in teams, accessing the situation at hand, and acting decisively.
In effect, they’re translating their military combat training into humanitarian action.
And I can’t help but think that the healing these returning soldiers are bringing to others might somehow be bringing healing to the trauma-inducing events that they’ve experienced in combat.
Thanks to Team Rubicon, these soldiers have “Crossed the Rubicon” and are now “bridging the gap.” Because of their efforts, Joplin, Missouri is already beginning their healing process.
And as we all know too well, healing the wounds of trauma is a huge gap to bridge.
And all this brings me to Memorial Day, which is today. This is our day of commemoration here in the United States when we remember and bring recognition and tribute to those who have served so courageously in our armed forces.
As we know, combat experiences can be incredibly traumatizing as well.
If trauma and its treatment is something that concerns you, you might be interested in our trauma courses. I think you’ll find that they give a full-spectrum of new thinking on this very important topic.