Transcript for Former marine organizes hundreds of relief efforts through Team Rubicon
at the man behind a group that helps people in truly dire situations. He's a former marine, comfortable in disaster Zones, and he's now organized hundreds of relief efforts through team rubicon. Jake wood's new book is called "Once a warrior: How one veteran found a new mission closer to home," and rob got a chance to speak with him. This is great. The inspiration for team rubicon came during the Haiti earthquake in 2010. What was the moment where you said, that's it, I just got to doing this? -- Something? Just, it frankly felt familiar. It felt -- it didn't seem right to just give $10 when I felt like I had so much more to give. Reporter: Jake recruited a handful of retired soldiers for that first mission. Since then, team rubicon has grown to over 100,000 volunteers. Most of them veterans. What team rubicon has been able to do is give them a new mission that restores for them that sense of purpose. I've known you and team rubicon for many years, having covered disasters. The emotion there is just palpable. Knowing we can be told what to do is one of the highest qualities of any marine, soldier and sailor. The stakes are high. Communities are counting on them, and we take military mentality into these situations. What does that mean? It means we'll take a disciplined approach. We're going to -- we're going to plan, we're going to execute. We're going to win these battles with compassion. We're going to win these battles with empathy. What inspired you to put pen and paper in and write this book? With team rubicon, it's an opportunity to re-inspire America. You know, I hope people read this book and they realize America's best days are still ahead of it and not behind us. I love Jake's attitude. I love the book. "Once a warrior." It's been out since veteran's day, and you can pick it up just about anywhere. Also os week is Jake's second baby girl. His wife gave birth just a few days ago to Layla. She's beautiful, but she has a heart defect. They had a surgical procedure, that was successful and all is well. She's recovering in the NICU. She has stolen the hearts of all in that NICU. Gorgeous second baby girl for them. I also asked Jake, you know, if you were a politician, youould get my vote. He says, at the moment, he has no plans of going into politics. He's doing some important work right now. He is doing important work, and our thoughts are with his family on this Sunday morning. Thank you very much, rob. We'll be right back with
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