Saturday Spotlight – Jessica Reid
Chapter: Team RWB National
Member Since: 2013
Personal Motto: “The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment.” – Swami Kripalu
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“I joined Team RWB because I was looking to reconnect with other veterans. After I separated from the Army in 2009, I wanted nothing to do with anything related to the military – I wanted to put my time in the Army completely behind me and focus on life as a civilian. There were some issues I hadn’t dealt with and I wanted to move on. Being in the Army is part of my story, however, and 4 years after getting out I was still having trouble moving on. In 2013, I joined Team RWB, and months later came out to my first event. I was comforted by the fact that veterans AND civilians were involved, so I wouldn’t necessarily be forced to talk about the military the whole time. I’ve come to know that on our Teams, veterans and civilians need each other. We have all experienced many of the same emotions, but they might have been brought on under different circumstances or life experiences. We can connect and empathize through those shared emotions, and for me, that has made all the difference.”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“My favorite experience with Team RWB was the time I spent as an Eagle Leader Fellow. With a background as a perfectionist, I was challenged to take a closer look at what it means to be a true leader. I had long held beliefs on leadership, influenced by my time as a leader in sports and in the military, that failure was a weakness and essentially that showing imperfection was weakness. My mentor during the Fellowship, supported me through both perceived and real “failures,” and helped me to truly understand that these experiences were incredible opportunities to learn, recover, and try again. I had been told these lessons before, but during the Fellowship I felt that the organization as a whole truly had my back and would support me, failures and all.”
How do you serve your community?
“I just moved to a new community! I am currently learning about the veteran community here and getting involved with my new Team RWB Chapter!”
What Inspires You?
“The Leaders that I support in the Northeast Region inspire me every day! They consistently go above and beyond, pushing towards fulfilling our Mission in their chapters and communities. The impact they are having is tangible – a veteran that is connected to the resources he/she needs, a leadership team working through obstacles together, friendships that become like family, and the list goes on.”
How has Team RWB impacted your life?
“Team RWB has impacted my life in too many ways to count! As a member, the Team helped me reconnect with my military experiences and opened a door for me to build relationships with other veterans. As a volunteer leader Team RWB heightened my sense of purpose and allowed me to open doors for others on my Team. As an Eagle Leader Fellow, I leaned into learning about and getting comfortable (and sometimes that meant getting uncomfortable!) with my leadership style. Now, as a full-time employee, I am humbled by the character of the people that surround me each day. Everyone in Team RWB has stepped forward, in some way or another, to make their lives, their families, their communities, their world, a better place. That kind of courage is pretty incredible!”
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“I would tell someone who is thinking of joining Team RWB that there is nothing to lose, but everything to gain from joining! From helping you smash your physical health goals, building camaraderie into (or back into) your life, or creating a greater sense of purpose, #justshowup!”