Veteran group Team Rubicon helps SWFL clean up after Ian

Reporter: Tiffany Rizzo
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Friday is the 103rd observance of the day originally known as Armistice Day which began one year after the Germans surrendered in World War I.

Now, a veteran-led organization is helping communities prepare, respond and recover from Hurricane Ian. The organization has more than 160,000 volunteers made up of primarily veterans.

Tarping roofs, moving large trees, piling debris on the curb.

Team Rubicon arrived in Southwest Florida after the hurricane.

The organization mobilizes veteran volunteers to help communities respond and recover from disasters.

“Being able to help those people that have nowhere to go, no one to ask help for us to be able to give them that hope. It’s a blessing to be able to give them that,” said Jarrett Brown, army veteran and Team Rubicon incident commander.

Brown said spending Veteran’s Day in Southwest Florida is the best way to honor the men and women who wore and wear the nation’s uniforms.

“To be able to protect them and help them and give them a safe environment to where they can get back into their home and rebuild,” Brown said. “Getting that sense of purpose out of it is what drives me to continue to serve each and every day that the mission needs.”

To Brown, giving back is therapeutic.

He struggles with PTSD, thoughts of suicide and drug abuse since returning home.

Helping people is what saved his life, he said.

“Coming out and joining Team Rubicon gave me a sense of direction in my life, and was able to turn around and straighten my life out, give me that mission that drives me forward each day,” Brown said.


How can people get involved?

There are several ways you can help support Team Rubicon, including either donating or volunteering.

To donate, please visit or use our Text to Give Program

If you’re not an at-risk individual, you can also sign up as a volunteer to deploy during a local operation.

Text the word RUBICON to 20222 to donate $10 to Team Rubicon

Text the word TEAM to 20222 to donate $25 to Team Rubicon

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