A veteran who dedicated his life to helping others now needs our help. I've never asked for help for myself or anyone before. This guy needs a break.
The Veterans Green Bus, which served as a command center for disaster relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy, caught fire and broke down after a fundraising concert in Roanoke.
Navy veteran Gordon Soderberg and the Veterans Green Bus arrived in Roanoke one week ago, after nearly five months on Long Island, N.Y.
There, the bus served as a command center for disaster relief efforts in Rockaway Beach after Superstorm Sandy, and it achieved some measure of fame. Former President Bill Clinton took a briefing on the bus late last year. It was on the TV news in New York. Soderberg’s face and the bus appeared during the televised 12-12-12 concert for Superstorm Sandy relief.
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, he got a call from Team Rubicon, an international veterans disaster relief organization. They asked him to help out in Rockaway Beach, which was devastated by the storm.Gordon (no relation) Soderberg can be contacted at 985-640-1801. Tax deductible contributions can be made to United Peace Relief, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, at unitedpeacerelief.ning.com. More information on the bus is available there.
Soderberg filled the bus with nearly $50,000 in tools donated by the Home Depot Foundation and picked up five other veterans in Chicago. They arrived in Rockaway Beach on Nov. 2 and spent almost the next five months there.
The bus served as Team Rubicon’s on-site command center. From it, 350 veterans and thousands of other disaster relief volunteers fanned out through the decimated town, helping with cleanup and repairs.
Sometime in late November, Clinton visited the Veterans Green Bus, where he got a briefing on Team Rubicon’s relief efforts.
A video segment on Team Rubicon and the Veterans Green Bus was part of the 12-12-12 concert to raise money for Superstorm Sandy relief. Between sets by Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, Soderberg’s straggly visage was broadcast to six continents. The segment was introduced by Chelsea Clinton.
In appreciation for all of Soderberg’s efforts, Team Rubicon footed the $8,000 bill for a conversion that allows the bus to run on discarded restaurant cooking grease. Fortunately, that elaborate system was undamaged by the fire last week.