Annual Report




In 2016, the Eagle Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) saw important growth in its ability to measure, analyze, and communicate the impact of Team RWB’s programs on veterans and American communities. In 2016, we conducted the Team RWB annual survey, which yielded responses from over 5,000 Team Members. Findings from the 2016 annual survey highlighted the increased enrichment that comes from serving as an Eagle Leader (see infographic). In 2016, we created a measurement tool designed to measure “enrichment” of Team RWB veterans, active duty members, and civilians. In early 2017, we plan to scientifically validate this scale for usage across diverse populations.

Team RWB has actively contributed to the growing knowledge basis in the veteran serving space, as well as other disciplines, such as mental health, nursing, and criminology.

Local chaptered events are exciting for me. Why? It’s the curiosity in the eyes of the person who is showing up for the first time. It’s the commitment of those returning back for another challenge. It’s the events where I met someone and I explain the ease of being an Eagle and the priceless benefit of learning about someone who you met 15 minutes prior. That connection is meaningful and genuine… something that is much needed in society today.

—Will Wright, Veteran, Eagle Leader, Northwest Region

Our research has shown that the most active members experience the most enrichment.
This is especially true of our Eagle Leaders. Enrichment comparisons between 814 Eagle Leaders and 3,763 team members, demonstrated that Eagle Leaders reported more improved health, genuine relationships, and more found purpose in life because of Team RWB than non-leaders.

IVMF Report


  • Angel, C. M. (2016). Resilience, post-traumatic stress, and posttraumatic growth: Veterans’ and active duty military members’ coping trajectories following traumatic event exposure. Nurse Education Today. DOI: Click Here
  • Angel, C.M., Armstrong, N.J., Smith, B. & Team Red, White & Blue (2017). Evidence-based veteran practices, programs, and policies: A case illustration of Team Red, White & Blue. Presentation to Transition Research Forum: February 2017.
  • Angel, C.M., Smith, B., Quinn, J., & Armstrong, N.J. (2016). Enriching the Lives of Veterans through Health, People, and Purpose: Team Red, White & Blue’s Enrichment Equation. Manuscript submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Angel, C.M. & Team Red, White & Blue. “Enriching veterans’ lives through Team Red, White & Blue.” Poster presentation at National Summit on Military and Veteran Peer Programs: University of Michigan, October 2016.
  • Geraci, J., Angel, C.M., Lamade, R., Grier, S., Sinnott, S., Harris, R., Arenz, J., & Bonanno, G. “Military trauma, transition stressors, alcohol and crime post-deployment: Understanding their relationship and mitigating negative consequences.” Presentation at the American Society of Criminology Annual meeting: New Orleans, LA, November 2016.
Team Thought Leadership
  • Joe Quinn Podcast Episode
  • Simon Sinek Podcast Episode
  • Smith, B. (2016, November, 9). Team Red, White & Blue’s Blayne Smith on Leadership. Retrieved from: Click Here
  • Quinn, J. (2015, September, 10). I learned to understand shame after losing my brother on 9/11. Retrieved from Click Here
  • Quinn, J. (2016, November). Got Your Six Storytellers [Video file]. Retrieved from Click Here
  • Young, B. (2016, November, 18). A message from your RIP Instructor. Retrieved from Click Here