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November 15, 2012

Vets Group Sends Wave of Volunteers for Sandy Recovery

A nonprofit organization that aims to help former military personnel readjust to civilian life by taking part in disaster-relief efforts has sent hundreds of volunteer veterans into a New York neighborhood hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, writes The New York Times. Team Rubicon, formed in 2010 by two Marines, to help veterans employ skills they learned in the military and restore the sense of purpose and action many servicemen and -women say they lose after leaving the armed forces.

The organization has deployed veterans in Haiti, Pakistan, South Sudan, Joplin, Mo., and other areas amid humanitarian or natural disasters. Post-Sandy operations, the charity's largest to date, are centered in Far Rockaway, Queens, drawing veterans from as far away as Alaska and Norway to clear debris and tear down damaged structures.