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Former military members, emergency responders help with tornado relief in Wakefield, NE

Team Rubicon is helping with damage relief efforts in Wakefield, Neb. Team Rubicon is helping with damage relief efforts in Wakefield, Neb.
When it comes to disaster relief, the members of Team Rubicon might be the best people for the job.

"A lot of our members are veterans over the last 10 years of war," said incident commander Bob Obernier.

Veterans of war whose job, is to serve. And in tornado-damaged communities like Wakefield, Neb., these servicemen and women are now here to provide relief.

"Being able to serve those in need after a disaster is very therapeutic and it's very helpful to us as veterans and first responders," said Obernier.

In Wakefield, the damage is like many spots in Siouxland - mangled medal and broken buildings. Team Rubicon has a station set up to provide a number of services - from volunteer management to damage assessment and removal.

With all the debris left by the storms, local farmers in Wakefield will have a hard time harvesting their crops if these fields don't get cleared. Cleaning up these fields is one of Team Rubicon's first priorities.

"That's how they make their living," said Strike team leader Nate Reeves. "So we've been doing a lot. A lot of volunteers have been coming in, helping with clearing fields, getting debris out of the fields so that come time to harvest, they can get in there and not mess up their equipment."

With 15,000 acres of fields damaged, the work certainly isn't easy - but when the mission is to help those around you, that doesn't matter.

"You tend not to even notice the heat and the long hours when you have a goal that you're focused on," said Reeves.

And as often is the case with servicemen and women, goals aren't a hope. They're an expectation.

"A lot of us are veterans and have seen a lot of bad things," said Reeves. "It's good to get a refreshed sense of humanity out of it."

For Team Rubicon, they'll continue to serve with that expectation of helping others.

Team Rubicon has more than 15,000 members spanning every state.

It provides disaster relief across the country and world.

The team members in Wakefield will help with clean-up through the end of the month.
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