Saturday Spotlight: Elizabeth Higgins

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Chapter: Team RWB Las Vegas

Member Since: 2014

Motto: “To be a positive force in my community and correct the errors that stand in my way”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“I was looking for motivation to be active again since separating the Air Force in 2007. A friend of mine kept posting pictures on Facebook of himself running with the flag. He told me why. He was running in races representing Team Red, White, and Blue. I’ve always been a proud patriot of this country and the flag that represents it so I signed up because I wanted to run with the flag.”

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

“My favorite event with RWB is hands down The Old Glory Relay. I loved being a part of carrying one American flag across the country to support our Veterans. Plus the bond I made with my teammates during those days is immeasurable.”

How Do You Serve Your Community?

“I am the Athletic Director of Team RWB Las Vegas. I am also a volunteer Fire Fighter at the Hoover Dam and am the Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1978 Union at the Hoover Dam.

How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“Ever since I separated from the Air Force I was missing something in life. I struggled to find a greater meaning to my life than just going to work every day to make money. I isolated myself. I didn’t have many friends after leaving the military that I had a solid, meaningful relationship with. I missed the camaraderie in the military. I missed the structure and leadership. I missed mentoring and feeling accomplished when I was home at the end of the day. I needed to make larger impact in life again. RWB has done that for me. Being a leader and helping other Veterans connect in our community has been so fulfilling. I still struggle sometimes with getting out and making it to events, but it’s the Veterans like myself that I do it for. I don’t want to miss a chance at connecting with a Veteran that is struggling to find their meaning again.

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

“I am a walking example of how RWB’s mission works. My life has absolutely been enriched since joining. I lacked a purpose and overall life satisfaction until I joined RWB.