Saturday Spotlight: Eugenia Kort
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.”
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.”
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.”