Saturday Spotlight – Jayson Stevens
Chapter: NorthEast/ Syracuse NY
Member Since: 2015
Motto: “Do one thing every day that gives you a sense of accomplishment, regardless of how small it may be.”
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“After leaving the Marine Corps in 2013, I came home kinda lost. One day I woke up and no longer put on the uniform that I wore everyday for the last 6 years. At first, being home was an amazing feeling, I got to put my hands in my pocket and actually sit down and enjoy a meal. After a couple of days, the feeling of being home started to fade away, something was missing and I was not totally sure what that something was. I would later come to realize that the missing piece was a sense of belonging.”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“My favorite experience with Team RWB was the 2017 West Point Spartan. There were Eagles from across the NorthEast in full force. While competing, we came across a World War II Veteran being carried in a chair, the look on his face was absolutely priceless, he was elated. Without any hesitation Eagles jumped in to help relieve the group carrying the veteran. As we carried this hero to the next check point, he shared stories of his time in the Army and continually smiled and laughed was we advanced though the course.”
How do you serve your community?
“I serve my community by serving food at the local Rescue Mission for an event we call Service Sunday. Syracuse Eagles help prep breakfast, serve the individuals that come to the shelter and assist Rescue Mission staff with clean up. When we are not participating in Service Sunday, I enjoy volunteering at various races as aid/water stops. There is nothing better than giving a struggling run the motivation to push forward and continue to the finish line.”
What Inspires You?
“Seeing fellow Eagles run in their red shirts during a race, grouping together and finding each other, and enthusiastically cheering everyone on. I am also inspired when I see my fellow Eagles sharing a laugh and a smile with each other, no matter how long you have been with Team RWB or what chapter you belong to, when you see an Eagle, you are family.”
How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?
“Team RWB has had a huge impact on my life since my first event. At one point, I was in a truly bad place in my life, I was in such a dark place I was ready to call it quits. After a fellow Eagle, and now good friend, asked me to attend the Cornell Spartan Race, things changed. Meeting Eagles from around the NorthEast and having that sense of belonging, my perspective on my life changed. The thing that was missing since I left the Marine Corps was found and it was burning hot! To this day, I would not be where I am if an Eagle did not reach out to me.”
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“I would explain to someone who is interested in joining Team RWB that there is no better organization to be part of. One thing that separates Team RWB from other VSO’s is that we are all inclusive, regardless if one is a Veteran or a Super Patriot (Civilian). This organization is more then a running group, it is a family. A family that never judges or questions but provides support and they will always have your back. Team RWB allows its members to take the reins and run with their passion.”