Thursday, December 6, 2012

Introducing Team RWB

While I was at the Baton Rouge Beach Marathon last weekend, I had the opportunity to meet Jennifer and Lindsay with Team RWB.  They were both great representatives of a wonderful organization.  I have attached the link to the Team RWB website on my side bar to the right, and following is a little introduction to what this great organization does.  I don't promote very many groups or organizations on my blog - but Team RWB is definitely worth checking out!

The Veterans' Situation
Nearly 2.5 million American men and women have deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom since 2001.  Over the next 5 years, approximately 1 million service members will retire or separate from active duty, creating a huge number of new veterans.

While a tremendous amount of support has been focused on wounded veterans, much of that support occurs between the time of injury and discharge from active duty or in-patient care.  Further, there is an enormous population of veterans who suffer from the invisible wounds of TBI, PTS, depression, and survivor's remorse.  Many of these veterans have not been diagnosed with an injury and will not actively seek care.

Most combat veterans struggle with re-integration to some degree.  A recent survey shows that 58% of veterans do not return to their hometown upon leaving the service.

Team RWB's Approach
Our mission is to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.  Our chapters establish local programs that provide consistent opportunities for veterans to meet other veterans and members of their community through activities like running, cycling, CrossFit, picnics, and ball games.  

Recent research has shown exercise to be a very effective tool for combating depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress.  In fact, some studies show it to be as effective as medication and counseling.  When that exercise is conducted in a group or team setting, there is a multiplier effect.  A recent survey showed that 41% of veterans would exercise more if they had a group to do it with.

Ultimately, the challenge of veteran reintegration is vast and complex.  While we may not be able to solve all veterans' issues, we know that exercise and personal connectivity is making veterans better.  Knowing that, we are committed to building communities and programs that provide this service.
... be great today!


  1. Thanks Jim for sharing Team RWB with your followers. Jennifer and Lindsay will be happy to get this information out to others.

  2. What a truly worthwhile group. Too many people are left by the wayside after traumatic war-time experiences and this is a great way for the community to step up and say we care.

  3. As an OIF Veteran it means alot to see this organization expand and reach others... and I know it will happen thanks to great American's like you who want to help! Thank you Jim for your support! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!


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