Team RWB encourages Veterans to stay connected, stay active



Every year, more than 200,000 service members transition from military to civilian life, joining more than 18 million Veterans to form one of America’s largest and strongest communities. But like most big transitions in life, this one is not easy. Since its inception in 2010, Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) has been helping Veterans stay active, connecting to their new communities and developing a resilient mindset. Today, Team RWB is 217,000 members strong, with chapters across the country. Volunteer leaders run these chapters, and collectively, they host nearly 40,000 events per year.

Providing Veterans more opportunities

Through a newly formalized partnership (signed memorandum of understanding) with the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA stakeholders will have access to Team RWB’s wide-ranging network of events, providing Veterans and supporters everywhere opportunities to connect at the local, regional and national levels.

In addition, Team RWB will work with local VA staff to bring the power of the Eagle network to communities across the country. Events range from hikes to yoga classes, to preparing care packages for deployed service members.

“Team RWB is a non-profit organization, but in that, we are so much more, “ says Mike Erwin, founder and Executive Director of Team RWB. “We are a movement and an identity, a mindset and a community that challenges and supports each other. We are accountable to each other, especially when it comes to creating healthy habits in our post-military lives. Through this new partnership with VA, Team RWB is positioned to engage every Veteran in our country—to help them re-discover the power of physical activity in their lives. And through that, a sense of pride, confidence, purpose and belonging.”

Last fall, Team RWB released a mobile app to engage Veterans wherever they are throughout the day. The Eagle app makes it even easier to discover nearby events and participate in virtual challenges like last month’s March Madness Challenge that had states competing with each other. In May, a new update will introduce social networking, the ability for members to create events and more.

Born for the Storm

As Team RWB prepares to celebrate its 10th year, the organization has rolled out a new mantra for its Veterans: Born for the Storm.  It’s a virus now, but it could be something else by the fall. Life is unpredictable and adversity is certain. Team RWB knows that every Veteran has persevered through numerous physical and mental challenges while serving the nation, and reminds its Veterans that they have the character to weather whatever storms they may be facing.

Team RWB is fired up to partner with VA and wants you to explore the idea of joining the Team and becoming active in virtual challenges right away. You, the Veteran community and our country, will be better for it.

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Author

Beth Lamb

Beth Lamb has been a member of VA’s Veterans Experience Office since January 2017. She previously held Public Affairs positions for several Veterans Health Administration facilities and currently lives in Missouri with her family.

Comments

  1. Jeramy Kruser    

    I have been a member of Team RWB for a couple years now, and just recently joined the local leadership team. It is a great group. We get out and do a 5k run with the flag once a week, a group fitness once a month, regular social and community service events. We went out to a local township and did a ruck, picking up trash as we went, and helped clean up the neighborhoods. The response from the communities has been great too. The love to see us coming and we get a lot of positive feedback. Membership is free and you only have to be as involved as you choose to be: https://www.teamrwb.org/join/

  2. Sandra Dunfield    

    How do I know if there is a group near me?

    1. Jeramy Kruser    

      You can use this tool to search for chapters in your community and throughout the country. Enter your location or search for chapters by State.
      https://www.teamrwb.org/chapter-locator/

  3. Don Thomas    

    Well the VA sucks so teaming up with them makes me want to stay away…thanks anyway

  4. Brad Moffitt    

    If you are interested in joining or to see if there is a Chapter near you, please visit teamrwb.org!

  5. David McKellar    

    Community Sports Participants Association Global (CSPAG) to RWB
    We are reaching out to global partners to extend two focuses of active research, data and dashboard development
    a) Decision support pathways for all types of athlete of any age, experience, impairment, gender or type in societal physical strengthening and wellbeing
    b) Development of Intensive Care and Clinical Decision Support data and Dashboard for triage of Covid19 virus patients
    This support is essential to global partners and involves some similar constructs and modelling techniques. The priority is to create a coalition at global Community level to engender effort and funds to ensure better pathways for all. By CSPAG partnering with RWB (and USA Aspen Project Play) and Clinical and Univ researchers in Australia, we are uniting the skills and capabilities to assist both athletes (veterans) of all ages and types and more directly USA clinicians and health workforce.
    Let me know if RWB has an interest in participating.

  6. Sylvester Harris Jr    

    I would like to join an organization that helps veterans and their communities.

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