'It's Really Rewarding Us... To Give Back,' Team Rubicon Leader Says

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Many veterans were taking part in a different kind of service Saturday, helping those who have continued to suffer a year after Superstorm Sandy.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, veterans and other volunteers worked Saturday to help repair damaged homes in the Rockaways.

“Even a year after Sandy, there’s still a lot of people who have major damage inside of their homes,” said Sam Kille of the group Team Rubicon.

The team pairs veterans and first responders to volunteer their skills and leadership.

Miguel Morel spent five years as a Marine.

“It’s nice to be able to put our work ethic into purpose,” he said.

On Saturday, the group was installing insulation and drywall and repairing flood-damaged floors. Kille said the volunteers were undertaking the mission while rekindling their own sense of duty and service.

“It’s really rewarding for us, especially on Veterans’ Day with most of us being military veterans, to give back,” he said.

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