Saturday Spotlight – Katie Villareal

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Chapter: Southcentral / Tulsa, OK

Member Since: 2016

Motto: “Look life in the eye and keep on!”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“I was new to Tulsa and looking for a community of people to spend my time with. I have been raised in a military family, a military spouse, and I’m now a military mom. Team RWB seemed like a good fit because it encourages the interaction between veterans and civilians. It’s hard to be at a point in your life where you are used to the military way of things but you are not military. I do not even have a designated veteran status. That is a hard place to be for someone who has spent their entire life around the military. There are groups for veterans, but not for people that are in this military way of life but not veterans. Once I looked into Team RWB and realized their focus on community, service, and doing life together I realized it would be a good fit.”

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

“My favorite event with Team RWB was actually with the Wichita Chapter. It was a Ruck lead by Matt Kiddo. While we were rucking through town and doing stairs in parking structures,  we found an abandoned Big Wheel. I grabbed it and rolled down the parking structure in it. To know that I have a group of friends that I can do crazy, fun stuff with and they don’t look at me funny is the best feeling.”

How do you serve your community?

“I recently started volunteering at the Tulsa Hills Youth Ranch. I work on the horse team,  helping with service projects around the ranch as needed. “Tulsa Hills Youth Ranch exists to provide a welcoming place for kids to feel loved, accepted and heard through a purposeful relationship with a mentor.””

What Inspires You?

“Anyone who gives more of themselves than they take, inspires me. I am often in awe of people who volunteer their time for organizations such as Team RWB. People who take time out of their busy lives to show others what life can be like and that there are wonderful people in this world. The fact that there are people out there that do things for the right reason and not for what they get out of it pushes me to try to be a better person. To try to give back more.”

How has Team RWB impacted your life?

“Team RWB has given me a community of people who understand my way of thinking, who want to share life experiences. It has given me friends all over this country. I have met people during races based solely on the fact that they’re wearing the eagle. When I run a race and have a total stranger walk up to say hi and take a picture with me, it is just amazing. It makes you realize how small this world really is and how many people have something in common with you, even during those times when you think you’re all alone.”

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

“Team RWB is a wonderful, diverse community. People are here to share experiences and enjoy their time together. It is a non-judgmental group with diverse backgrounds, having one thing in common. We all want veterans to have a community and friends who support them, encourage them, and have a place and group that provides opportunities for those experiences.”