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Once a warrior : how one veteran found a new mission closer to home / Jake Wood.

Wood, Jake, 1983- (author.).

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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2 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 921 WOO (Text) 33500013324256 New Checked out 02/02/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593189351
  • ISBN: 0593189353
  • Physical Description: 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Sentinel, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
"The powerful story of one Marine who found healing and renewed purpose after returning from combat, for himself and tens of thousands of fellow veterans. When Marine sniper Jake Wood came home in 2009 from grueling tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, his country asked yet more of him: to compartmentalize his traumatic memories, put his elite military training on a shelf, and adjust to living outside high-stakes situations. Jake feared he would join the huge population of veterans struggling to reintegrate. Since 2001, more service members have died by suicide than have been killed in Afghanistan. One activity helped Jake and his friend and fellow Marine Clay Hunt find a measure of hope: helping communities after disasters, where their training rendered them unusually effective in high-stakes situations. But as their new organization struggled to get off the ground and the VA tied up Clay's meds in red tape, Clay committed suicide. Reeling, Jake resolved to help as many disaster-affected communities and provide a mission to as many veterans as possible. Over the past 10 years, with no money or experience, he and his team have recruited over 100,000 volunteers to his organization Team Rubicon. It's established a reputation for delivering desperately needed aid faster and better than other organizations hindered by bureaucracy. Racing against the clock, veteran volunteers utilize their military training to untangle complex problems quickly and keep calm under pressure in catastrophic scenarios. What's more, Team Rubicon gives meaningful direction to men and women who need the disaster response work as much as the work needs them. Having a continued purpose--a mission that matters--can be the key to a veteran's successful transition from war to peace"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 October #2
    In a way, soldiers' lives are a study in paradox: warriors on the battlefield fulfilling dangerous missions, they return home to find their purpose missing. Despite their leadership skills under fire, as civilians they're spurned by the business world for lack of qualifications. And beyond this, mental-health concerns resulting from service coupled with insufficient treatment lead to a climbing suicide toll among veterans. Moved by patriotism in the early days of the War on Terror, Wood (Take Command, 2014) served in Iraq and Afghanistan for four years. But when the time came to recommit, he found his priorities had changed. Years later, feeling the common lack of purpose, he found a mission: helping the victims of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake. Wood and several fellow former soldiers brought supplies and provided medical aid for the earthquake's victims, and Team Rubicon was born: a disaster-response organization connecting volunteer veterans to communities in need. Wood conveys a great depth of compassion, making this a moving, emotionally satisfying read that illustrates how one person can make a difference. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jake Wood is the co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization with over 70,000 veteran volunteers. Prior, Wood spent four years in the Marine Corp, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since founding Team Rubicon in 2010, Jake has built the organization into one of the United States' most celebrated non-profits.

Subject: Disaster relief.
Veterans > United States > Biography.
Philanthropists > United States > Biography.
Team Rubicon (Organization) > History.
United States. Marine Corps > Biography.
Marines > United States > Biography.
United States. Marine Corps. Marine Regiment, 7th. Battalion, 2nd.
Afghan War, 2001- > Personal narratives, American.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 > Personal narratives, American.
United States. Marine Corps.
United States. Marine Corps. Marine Regiment, 7th. Battalion, 2nd.
Disaster relief.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Personal narratives > American.
Personal narratives.

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