Chapter: Midwest Region / Dayton, OH Chapter

Member Since: 2016

Motto: “Never Give Up – Finish Strong!”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“I joined Team RWB to honor my father who passed away unexpectedly. He served in the Army. I decided that joining an organization that enriched the lives of America’s veterans would be a wonderful way to honor my father and give back to my community.”

What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“My favorite experience with Team RWB would definitely be attending Eagle Leader Academy in Detroit. What an amazing opportunity to come together with other Eagles across the Midwest Region! We shared our stories and explored our “why”. There was so much positivity and passion in our conference room that it was impossible not to be impacted in a profound way. Each of us left with new friendships, renewed vision, and loads of Eagle Fire!”

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How do you serve your community?

“I serve my community through volunteering at the VA nursing home. I have established relationships with a large majority of the residents and staff. I also serve at our community food pantry every week. I’m also part of an outreach group that provides complimentary face painting throughout our community to spread seeds of kindness & smiles!”

What Inspires You?

“I am inspired by disciplined people that refuse to give up during difficult times. I am also inspired by people that find beauty in the ordinary.”

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How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“Team RWB has impacted my life in a major way! At a time in my life when I desperately needed positivity and camaraderie…Team RWB was there. The other members of Team RWB have been a constant encouragement in my life. Through this organization, I have forged friendships that will last a lifetime. Our veterans have enriched my life, when my mission was to enrich theirs. Team RWB has also helped to keep me on track with my fitness goals. Joining Team RWB was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“If I met someone that was thinking about joining Team RWB I would tell them to go for it! Live life to the fullest with no regrets!”

Chapter: Washington D.C.

Member Since: November, 2015

Motto: “Without Integrity, You Have Nothing.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“In Oct 2015, I ran my first Army Ten Miler. As I got off the metro, I saw a large group of Eagles taking a pre-race photo with American Flags. Later that week I noticed on Facebook that one of my former NCO’s (who now lives in TX) was wearing a Team RWB shirt. I decided to look up Team RWB online, and was immediately interested and excited about the idea of being part of something bigger than myself. I’ve missed the military since I ETS’d and this felt like the next best thing.”

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What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“I have had so many, but I will always remember how incredible I felt the first time I “wore the Eagle.” In April 2016, I ran the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler. I decided that I would finally wear my Team RWB shirt. Although I hadn’t met anyone, and didn’t make the group picture, I will never forget how pleasantly overwhelmed I felt when strangers (fellow Eagles) cheered me on, just because of my shirt. For the first time in many years I did not feel alone. I had not felt that sense of pride since I took off my uniform in 2008.”

How do you serve your community?

“Serving my community is something that I would like to get more involved in. As a single mom, sometimes finding the time can be hard. However, this past summer I took the girls to the Korean War Memorial clean-up with Team RWB. I loved being able to expose them to their first community service event and explaining why it is so important. Additionally, I loved seeing the pride they felt, as they enthusiastically helped clean up.”

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How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“I have met some of the most incredible people since joining Team RWB. I have made new friends (which, as an introvert, can be hard to do). I have done things that I never thought possible. I never thought I would run a half marathon, a relay trail race or Marine Corps Marathon. Team RWB has given me a sense of purpose and made me realize that I am not alone. The feeling of camaraderie after the military does exist. Additionally, I love that it has given my girls and I something else to bond over. I see the pride in them when they “wear the eagle” and the excitement in their voice, when we’re out and they spot an eagle. They say “Momma, look! Team RWB!”

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“I tell people all the time about Team RWB. I say it’s an incredible community with amazing people. My exact words are “it has changed my life, you should look into it, too.” So far, I have been able to convert 5 friends into Eagles and I will continue to work on all the rest.”

Chapter: Mid-Atlantic Region

Member Since: January, 2015

Motto: “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“I joined after seeing several members of the Sub 30 Club, a Facebook group created by Runner’s World columnist Ted Spiker, attend events. They shared wonderful stories about how they were meeting people. I wanted to expand my real-life social circle and Team RWB membership was free (still is), so I joined. I didn’t see a chapter for Morgantown, WV, so I automatically asked to help them start a chapter. Once then-chapter captain Katie got in contact with me, I backed down on my offer to lead, but jumped in right away.”

What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“My favorite experience was being able to participate in a GORUCK event I wouldn’t have been able to attend if not for Team RWB’s partnership with GORUCK. I was serving as a chapter captain in Wheeling, but I had serious doubts about my ability to do a good job. During the event, I had an opportunity to lead our group from Point State Park to another part of downtown Pittsburgh. While I had a rough start, the encouragement of the cadres (they’re like leaders of the event) gave me the courage to step outside my comfort zone. I still carry that mentality with me today. If I can survive six hours of GORUCK, what else am I capable of?”

How do you serve your community?

Currently I am without a chapter, so I’m serving my community by helping out at my kids’ schools. I also pick any trash I see when I’m rucking or walking. In the past when I was involved in the Wheeling chapter, we organized rucks that donated food to a local pantry. I also was a Cub Scout den leader.”

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What Inspires You?

“My kids inspire me, as does the idea of living instead of simply existing. I want my daughter to see how strong, powerful, and confident she can be. I want my sons to see how women deserve respect. I want my ledger to be full of things I’ve done.”

How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“I’ve dealt with lot with issues (economic, mental, physical, etc.) in my life. I often used those issues as an excuse for not doing something. I was too scared in a lot of ways. Through my journey with Team RWB, I found a little more self-confidence, more of a wild streak, and more of a willingness to lead. These were all things I dreamed about but was too afraid to do out of fear of putting myself out there. I’m still dealing with these issues, but now I have the mindset of dealing with (rather than hiding from) these things.

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“Team RWB has many opportunities for Eagles to grow as individuals. Take your time and do as much as you feel is right for you. There is always something for everyone, and if you see a gap in activities, you can help cover that. Team RWB is for everyone — even shy people who loathe socializing (I hate to admit, but that’s me sometimes). You will get a lot out of your time with the organization, just give it a try.”

Chapter: Midwest Region

Member Since: October, 2016

Motto: “Plus ca change, Plus c’est la meme chose. What goes around, comes around.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“In 2014, I was struggling a little in life & let me self go physically & mentally. It was 10 years after retiring from the Air Force. During a routine VA medical appointment my doctor recommended the VA’s MOVE Weight Management Program after hearing of some of my medical issues. During one of my MOVE Forward classes,  I learned of Team RWB and a light bulb clicked on. I saw a way to get back some of the camaraderie that I experienced as a service remember & before as an Air Force brat. Little did I know that being around Eagles was contagious.”

What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“2015 Old Glory Relay is by far my favorite event & experience with Team RWB. We spent 2 days on the road (approximately 5 hrs away from Wichita) carrying Old Glory for over 100+ miles. While I only got to run it for two 1 mile legs, I enjoyed being the photographer for just a short time on the Old Glory Relay course.”

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What Inspires You?

“My fellow Eagles. When I need that inspiration all I have to do is be around fellow Eagles and I feel it.”

How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“Team RWB gave me the reason to serve again & pull me from a dark place. It has sustained me from not returning to that dark place & forced me to try bettering myself in everything I do.

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“If you a veteran, joining Team RWB is a no-brainer…it will give back to you & you will feel some of the camaraderie you felt while serving. If your a civilian who never served but want to or just support veterans, then this is one of the best organizations to give back to those who serve & serve your country in a way.”

Chapter: Midwest Region

Member Since: 2016

Motto: “Be yourself and you will be surprised at how people will embrace you. ”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“Team RWB was inline with my personal values and beliefs of being genuine and authentic while serving the veterans and families within my community.”

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What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“My favorite event was attending Yoga camp where I was able to actively get involved with the other members within team RWB. I have some some physical challenges that at times prevent me from being in some of the heavier or more complex physical activities. Yoga camp allowed me to be actively involved with my team without restrictions. It truly allowed me to feel like a active member by removing some of the physical barriers.”

How Do You Serve Your Community?

“I serve my community by offering safer activities and places for veterans and those who support them to have enriched relationships that drive deeper connections.

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What Inspires You?

“I get inspired by watching Eagles work together and forge life giving connections that make them feel present and valued!”

How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“Team RWB has made me feel that I have so much to give to my local community while receiving the benefits of learning to be more present with my family, my community and my Eagle Family.

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“Just Do it! If you want to work on being present with your community or if you need a community. You are going to find relationships and friendships that you did not know you needed or were truly seeking.”

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