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Jacob Wood
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Jake currently serves as President of Team Rubicon, the organization he co-founded following the massive earthquake in Haiti. Team Rubicon unites the unique skills America's returning veterans offer with the expertise of medical professionals; all while interactively engaging the donor through social media. By doing so, Team Rubicon is creating a new community of veterans focused on continued service in disaster relief and emergency preparedness.

Prior to the earthquake in Haiti, Jake served four years in the United States Marine Corps. He was the Honor Graduate of his platoon in boot camp at MCRD San Diego and continued his training at the Camp Pendleton School of Infantry. In 2007 he deployed with 2/7 to Iraq's Anbar Provice as a Fire Team Leader. Following his tour, Jake was awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with "V" for valor in the face of the enemy. In 2008, Jake deployed to Afghanistan's Helmand Valley as a Scout Sniper.

Jake holds a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in Business and Political Science.

Entries by Jacob Wood

College, Combat and Community Service: How 9/11 Changed My Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:10 AM

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Thirteen years ago I stood in a windowless basement cafeteria at the University of Wisconsin, staring transfixed at a flickering television screen. I watched in horror as men and women leapt from the burning heights of the World Trade Center; moments later...

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5 Business Lessons I Learned in a Foxhole (Literally)

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 2:44 PM

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The above photo was taken near Sangin in Afghanistan's Helmand Valley in 2008. The author is on the far left.

Six years ago in Afghanistan my sniper team ran a three day mission to observe a tier-1 IED site (military-speak for a place...

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How My Service Spanned Beyond the Call of Duty

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2013 | 10:45 AM

I serve because, if not me, then who? I serve because men I served with died in their service. I serve because I have seen the healing effects of service. I serve because my nation expects me to, or at least it should.

My service began after college, when...

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Memorial Day: It's What We Do When the Bagpipes End

(21) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 8:44 AM

I used to think bagpipes were awesome.

Six years ago, my opinion changed. Six years ago I was standing resolutely at the position of attention, staring blankly at a pair of dog tags swaying in a warm Iraqi wind. Occasionally the dog tags would clink against the side of...

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Veterans Are Assets, Not Liabilities

(6) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 1:53 PM

As we finally arrive at this momentous Veterans Day, marked by the date 11-11-11 and saddled by 10 years of war, we as a nation are still struggling to understand what it means to be a U.S. military veteran.

Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the private workplace,...

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Care Package Patriotism

(70) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 9:28 AM


This Veterans Day weekend, Americans will gather to assemble care packages by the thousands for men and women deployed overseas. Like generations of citizen-volunteers, they are moved by noble impulses. They want to do a heartfelt thing for those in harm's way. They want to feel connected to...

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The Growing Divide Between Those Sharing the Sacrifice of War and Those Indifferent to it

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 4:21 AM

Four years ago today I called my mother.

I was in Iraq. Bloodied. Cold. Sobbing. I called her because I had no one else; nobody that I could turn to that could extinguish the anguish I felt. At that moment I didn't want to be a Marine, or a...

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