"The book that America needs right now."
--Tom Brokaw, journalist and author of The Greatest Generation
"Jake Wood offers one of the most soaring definitions of service I've ever seen."
--Maria Shriver, award-winning journalist and author of I've Been Thinking
From Marine sniper Jake Wood, a riveting memoir of leading over 100,000 veterans to a life of renewed service, volunteering to battle, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, pandemics, and civil wars, and inspiring onlookers as their unique military training saved lives and rebuilt our country.
When Jake Wood arrived in the States after two grueling tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he watched his unit lose more men to suicide than to enemy hands overseas. Reeling, Jake looked for a way to direct their restlessness towards a new mission--and put their formidable skills to good use. When an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Jake had his answer. He convinced several fellow veterans to join him on a ragtag mission to provide desperately needed aid. Despite the high stakes, they were able to untangle complex problems quickly and keep calm under pressure.
In this raw, adrenaline-filled narrative, Jake recounts, how, over the past 10 years, he's built the disaster response organization Team Rubicon, and seen the work provide a lifeline back to purpose for the heroes among us. Not only do these intrepid volunteers race against the clock to aid communities after Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Harvey, COVID-19, and hundreds of other disasters; they also fight for something just as important--each other.
Once a Warrior provides a soaring look at what our veterans are capable of--and what might become of America's next greatest generation.
“Once a Warrior” by Jake Wood is an incredibly moving memoir that offers a profound glimpse into the life of a Marine. As a Marine myself, this book struck a chord within me, capturing the essence of brotherhood, sacrifice, and resilience that define our service.
Wood’s authentic storytelling takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster, from the intensity of combat to moments of introspection and self-discovery. His words vividly depict the complex human spirit amidst the chaos of war, exploring the internal struggles and moral dilemmas faced by Marines.
Beyond the battlefield, Wood showcases the lasting impact of his journey, including the creation of Team Rubicon—a testament to the power of purpose and the indomitable spirit of service. This memoir emphasizes the importance of community and finding meaning beyond the military.
“Once a Warrior” is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the true essence of a Marine’s journey and the profound impact of their service. With captivating storytelling and genuine reflections, Jake Wood’s memoir is a testament to the resilience and humanity that resides within each warrior’s heart.
I wholeheartedly recommend “Once a Warrior” to all readers, regardless of their familiarity with military life. This powerful memoir has the potential to ignite empathy, inspire action, and deepen respect for the sacrifices made by our armed forces.
This was a great book to read and to understand how they came to exists. To take retired military and give them a purpose, as that’s what many need.
A must read
Thank you for the message of hope. As individuals we are limited by our own abilities and thinking. Together there is nothing that is impossible.