Jake Wood, the former Marine-turned CEO of Team Rubicon, just gave an inspiring speech that every American needs to watch, given how divisive our politics is these days.
"We have a saying at Team Rubicon: If Americans treated one another like they do after disasters, we'd live in a truly special place," he said.
After accepting the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2018 ESPY's, the former infantryman talked about how Americans unite to help one another after floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes, but eventually fall back to their old habits.
Americans are willing to cross "the proverbial train tracks" to help people they never would have otherwise spoken with after a Category 5 hurricane, he said, "but why is it in the months following a storm we retreat back into our corners to dismiss the human beings that we've come to love just weeks prior?"
"We can do better, and we must do better," he said.
Wood, who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during his four-year-enlistment in the Marines, co-founded Team Rubicon after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Alongside co-founder and fellow Marine Will McNulty, he and six others rushed down to the island nation to offer medical assistance and expertise they had learned from the military.
Eight years later, that small group is now up to about 80,000 volunteers and staff, ready to deploy to other disaster zones.
"Know your neighbor, love your neighbor, help your neighbor. Doing that is the best tribute that we can pay to the memory of Pat Tillman and it's the best thing for our country right now."
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It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.