Thursday, January 14, 2016

Team Rubicon Picking Up Community in Texas After Tornado

Veteran-led Team Rubicon aids in tornado recovery efforts in Glenn Heights
Dallas Morning News
Loyd Brumfield
January 13, 2016

GLENN HEIGHTS — J.J. Selvig found life after the military as a part of Team Rubicon. Sarah McCord found her purpose.
Tom Fox/Staff Photographer
Team Rubicon volunteer Molly Gayden of Fort Worth
hauls a piece of garage door to the curb as they clean up the
tornado ravaged home on Mesa Wood Drive in Glenn Heights.
Selvig, a 30-year-old Marine Corps veteran from Fort Worth, did two tours of duty in Iraq and came home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He signed on with Team Rubicon, a nonprofit formed by veterans and first responders to assist in disaster relief domestically and around the world.

“Until I deployed to help with Hurricane Sandy, I had basically spent about a year-long bender in a bar,” Selvig said. “Something I found during Sandy was, with each way I could help, I was able to piece myself back together.”

Selvig and about 40 others are part of Team Rubicon’s tornado relief effort in Glenn Heights. City leaders say they have been instrumental. They form at 7 a.m. each day at Home Depot in Lancaster before fanning out to clean up and repair damaged neighborhoods. Members from all over the country will be in town over the next several weeks cleaning up hard-hit spots.
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