Former Marine Reintegrates Veterans into Civilian Life

“The reintegration experience for veterans can be an arduous journey. Some veterans successfully transition, others are afflicted with the maladies of PTSD, depression and survivor’s guilt.”— William McNulty, Veterans Day speaker

Former Marine William McNulty, co-founder and vice president of Team Rubicon, is passionate about enabling veterans to continue serving others after their time in uniform.

McNulty will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in the Dunning Memorial Chapel at Alma College. The Veterans Day talk is free and open to the public.

He will share his experiences as a Marine and the circumstances that led to the founding of Team Rubicon and what the organization does to help reintegrate veterans into civilian life, says Bob Cunningham, associate professor of economics.

“William McNulty models what we have in our mission statement: to serve generously, lead purposefully and live responsibly,” says Cunningham.

Team Rubicon is an organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. It is both an enterprise focused on veteran reintegration into society and a disaster relief organization.

“The reintegration experience for veterans can be an arduous journey,” says McNulty. “Some veterans successfully transition, others are afflicted with the maladies of PTSD, depression and survivor’s guilt. Others are just looking to continue their service, to be a part of something again.”

The organization began in response to the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 and has since been involved abroad in aid in Chile, Burma, Pakistan and Sudan. It also has carried out aid in the United States in Vermont, Maryland, Missouri and Alabama.

“Team Rubicon repurposes the skills of military veterans for disaster response, taking a generation of leaders and sending them back into chaos to create order,” McNulty says. “The experience gives veterans back the things they lose when they take off the uniform: purpose, community and sense of self.”

McNulty holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in economics and communication studies from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University.

After college, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves. He was the honor graduate of his platoon in boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, and he completed Anti-Tank Missileman training at the Camp Pendleton School of Infantry.

McNulty later graduated with honors from the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Virginia Beach and worked on intelligence within the military.

After leaving the military, he became a civilian intelligence professional in Washington, D.C. He has worked in support of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council’s Iraq Threat Finance Cell and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He has lived or worked in Chile, Germany, Haiti, Iraq, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey.

McNulty was the recipient of the 2010 Johns Hopkins University Government Service Alumni Award and was the co-award winner for the 2012 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice.


Story published on October 30, 2013