Saturday Spotlight – Kyle Anderson
Chapter: Las Vegas, NV
Member Since: 2015
Motto: “Ensure that everything that you do is something that will create a better you!”
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“I come from a long line of people that have served in the armed forces, so the military and veterans have always been a big part of my life. As a result, while I am not a veteran, I can relate to the veteran experience through my family and friends that have served. My brother, Cody, passed away shortly after serving a 12 month deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. While numerous people had always expressed their sympathy and offered their help in my family’s time of sorrow, I felt that most people did not understand our situation. After learning about Team RWB, I felt that I had found a group of people that not only would understand, but would motivate me to be a better person.”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“The 2015 Old Glory Relay is by far one of the greatest events I have experienced with Team RWB and in my life. As a member of the Las Vegas chapter, we were tasked with a 70 mile stretch of US-50 between Austin and Eureka. While it meanders through Nevada, it is nicknamed “The Loneliest Road in America.” A group of about 10, most of whom had either never met or had only met a couple of times, worked together to encourage, motivate, and complete a grueling section of highway at altitudes as high as 7600 feet above sea level. To this day, I consider those on that trek some of my best friends.”
How do you serve your community?
“As a teacher, I serve my community in several ways. I guide students to become better prepared for a career, education, or the military. I assist families in finding resources to provide for themselves. With Team RWB, I have rucked through Las Vegas carrying canned food for food banks, passed out lunches to the homeless, and connected with veterans that are struggling with their transition to civilian society.”
What Inspires You?
“I am inspired by people doing great things and by doing things that defy the odds. Whether it is somebody becoming the first of their family to graduate high school and/or college, starting a business from the ground up, running a half marathon, climbing to the top of a mountain, or losing 100 pounds after spending most of their life overweight, watching somebody achieve a great accomplishment inspires me to take risks and work toward my goals.”
How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?
“For several years after the death of my brother Cody, I had struggled with what I considered a dumbfounding loss. My brother did not lose his life in combat, but rather from pneumonia after a return from a brutal tour in Afghanistan. To numb the pain, I had turned to overeating and alcohol. Team RWB gave me an outlet to share my story with those that can relate. Since then, I am in a much better place that I was 8 years ago, and I owe that to a great therapist and my Team RWB family.”
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“If you want a place where you can get out and enjoy the outdoors, get a good sweat on, and make some great friends in a non-judgmental atmosphere, then Team RWB is definitely for you. Not a veteran? Doesn’t matter! Team RWB embraces anybody that wants to connect with their community! Team RWB changed my life, take the leap and let it change yours too!”