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Yesterday we observed Veterans Day, which originated as "Armistice Day" to commemorate the end of World War I in 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1954, it was renamed to honor the sacrifices of American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day is a humbling opportunity to express gratitude to all who have served and those who continue to serve in our armed forces and communities. One example of this continuing service is Team Rubicon.

From rebuilding homes to setting up internet connections for refugees, these military veterans act quickly to help those in times of crisis. When the pandemic hit, Team Rubicon volunteers immediately pivoted to supporting food banks, delivering groceries directly to people's doorsteps, and setting up Covid testing sites, according to co-founder Jake Wood. During the pandemic alone, Team Rubicon says its volunteers have so far helped nearly 10 million people around the country.

The group has also been very involved with vaccination efforts in all 50 states for the past six months. Wood said, "It's been a modern-day medical wartime effort to get doses into the arms of Americans. And so we're really proud we've been able to support nearly two million doses across the country."

World Central Kitchen recently launched a Climate Disaster Fund and committed $1 billion over the next 10 years to assist communities impacted by extreme weather events caused by the climate crisis.
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