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National veteran-based group helping local vets after Harvey

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Aransas Pass is one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey.

Don Caswell is one of thousands of people trying to rebuild after the storm.

"Our mobile home exploded. We lost our home. We lost probably 95 percent of our possessions," Caswell said.

But with the help of Team Rubicon, Don is getting the extra push he needs to get back on his feet.

Volunteers from all over the world have been camped out in Aransas Pass since Harvey hit, ready to help.

"I'm fortunate enough to be able to volunteer and deploy with Team Rubicon, and being able to help people on their worst days, it means a lot to me," Paul Kelly said.

Team Rubicon is made up primarily of veterans transitioning back into civilian life after serving our country.

These volunteers work in shifts to clean up brush and debris at the homes ravished by the storm.

They also do demolition work, such as sheet rock, roofing and carpet removal.

Don Caswell says his brothers and sisters in the military are blessing him and his family in ways he couldn't have imagined.

"When they come out they do a great job. They come out and work hard and clean up. It would've taken me a year by myself," Caswell said.

Paul Kelly is a Team Rubicon volunteer who served in the Marine Corps in the 1990s, and said volunteering not only helps those in need, but is also therapeutic for him.

"I got out years ago after Desert Storm and kind of missed the calling that the military gave me. Where I work, there's not a lot of veterans and I kind of felt alone, I didn't feel like I had anything in common. Getting to work with Team Rubicon, I get to work with like minded-people from all walks of life," Kelly said.

Team Rubicon volunteers are expected to finish up work at Don Caswell's home sometime this week.

If you are in need of assistance with demolition or clean-up at your home, you can speak with Team Rubicon volunteers face-to-face at the Aransas Pass Civic Center, or visit the organization's website.

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