Team RWB was formed to (1) develop personal connectivity between Veterans with invisible wounds and citizens in the communities where they live, (2) enhance reintegration of Veterans into civilian life through physical fitness and (3) galvanize an esprit de corps among Veterans through membership with Team RWB. It has been actively transforming the Veteran non-profit landscape through its grassroots approach and dedication to building an organization that bridges the military and civilian communities. With Barclays’ support, Team Red, White and Blue will be better poised to accomplish its vision.
"We are very excited at the opportunity to work with the Barclays community and leverage the passion and momentum of the thousands of Team Red White and Blue Veterans, athletes and volunteers," said Mike Erwin, Founder and Executive Director of Team Red White and Blue. "As one million service members transition from the U.S. military in the coming decade, our organization will grow to support them. We are confident that Barclays will play a key role in helping us to support thousands of these men and women who have served our great Nation."
"Troops often return from deployments and exit the service soon afterwards. At the same time they are adjusting to life removed from combat, they are challenged by the many stresses of handling the transition, without a uniform and familiar support system, into a new community that often has a limited understanding of war’s harsh realities. I recently overcame these seemingly insurmountable obstacles myself and look forward to working with my fellow employees at Barclays in assisting other Vets as they enter civilian life," said Peter Fazio, an Army Veteran at Barclays with two deployments to Afghanistan and active Team Red, White and Blue athlete.
Our goal is to NEVER FORGET the sacrifices of all of the Heroes of September 11th and those who have also given it all in the war on terrorism since - veteran, first responder, civilian, and military. Donate, volunteer, run or just come out and cheer at one of the team RWB events! - it promises to be a great time! All we want to do is HONOR THE FALLEN, by CHALLENGING THE LIVING and if you aren't quite sure about participating, just ask yourself, "IF NOT ME, THEN WHO..."
Barclays Military Services Network and Team Red White and Blue have partnered together to provide opportunities for Barclays employees to engage in a variety of sports and social activities with Veterans and their families. Our first event was September 9, 2012, Barclays, Team Red White and Blue participated in the Travis Manion Foundation 9-11 HEROES RUN at Randalls Island New York. It was a great event event. Approximately 15 Barclays employees participated (directly conflicted with Susan B Komen run—we will fix that in 2013) and we were able to raise $3,500 to support Team RWB.