Excited to be a part of the Team! Team 5 that is!!
“In order to be involved, you must first show up” ~ Eric Linder, Founder of Team 5 Foundation.
Ever since 12 August 2015 when I first learned about Team 5 Foundation through episode 6 of Expedition Overlands Season 2 series I was hooked. For those of you who do not already know, Team 5 Foundation is a nonprofit organization comprised of a bunch of special forces SOFMED Medics and Doctors who go to developing countries to preform primary care, dental and surgeries for remote villagers in austere locations throughout the world. You can check out what I mean when I say that these guys are awesome when you watch the Expedition Overland YouTube episodes here:
Team 5 is considered to be the most extreme medical foundations on the planet, period. They have has reached locations that were never found before… and they want to continue to do so. Having followed them them for years you could say that I was excited and honored to meet Eric Linder, the founder thanks to Clay Croft. Clay, the owner of Expedition Overland introduced me to him back in May at the Overland Expo in Flagstaff AZ. For me, it was my second time attending the expo which, for those who don’t know, is one of my passions. I love the great outdoors, vehicle based adventure travel and I strive for a point where I can get more of it. Right off the bat I learned that Eric and I had a lot in common. I have learned so much about Eric and his Team over the past couple of weeks. Not only do they collect expired medical equipment and donations so that they can provide medical care for indigenous folks of third world countries but Eric and his team are also deputized Idaho S.W.A.T officers who are involved with a Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force as Tactical Medics that combat Human Sex Trafficking and Internet Crimes Against Children. On top of that, Team 5 has special certifications that allow them to be first on scene after tragedies strike which means that when something like the hurricane on the east coast happens, after the government evacuates and shuts down the zone, before any other aide outside of local first responders or services are allowed in by the government, Team 5 gets access and is allowed to surpass those regulations to assist with rendering aide.
It truly has been amazing to watch and hear their stories unfold. They do everything from treating village kids for worms because they run around bare foot, onsite dental work, minor surgeries all the way up to cosmetic surgeries that will make lasting impacts on young children for the rest of their lives. On one of their missions it was reported that a little 9 year old girl didn’t want to go to school any more because she felt different. She had a cleft pallet, her left ear was rotated almost 180 degrees and her mouth didn’t close properly. Where our lips connect at the side of our mouths just below the nose, her lips connected on the side of her face next to her ear. It was incredible to see them go back and help her out. They rotated her ear, fixed her mouth and her cleft pallet. Now she feels like a little girl again and is excited to go back to school. Think about the impact that this has on this little girls life. In her village she was probably seen as an outcast because of her deformities. She most likely would have never wed and have had a family like the other women of the tribe would. Now, because of Team 5 there is a new found hope that not only will she go back to school and get an education but that she will some day find a husband and a family.
To date, most of our efforts with GY6CC has been geared towards dealing with the negatives that plague our Brothers and Sisters who don a uniform of service to our country. Issues like PTSD, Suicide Awareness, Homelessness, the lack of resources to accomplish missions, etc. While in AZ talking with Eric I asked him about how we could help serve his purpose. I wanted to add another leg to our mission that was not geared around negativity but something more positive. That is when we started working together to come up with a specialty coffee. We take a large chunk of the profits from every bag of the Team 5 Humanitarian Blend sold to support them and their mission. During our talks with the team I even learned that I had more in common with them than I had suspected since the Director of Operations, David Schneider and I are both Eagle Scouts. During the developmental stages of the project we decided to make competition with the design of the coffee bag. We put it out there for our audiences to come up with a slogan that we can use. Thats when the tag line ‘Brewing Better Days’ came about. The great part about working with Team 5 is that they are veterans who are going out into the world to do positive things. The old saying that Iron Sharpens Iron comes into play here as it’s an honor to support Eric Linder, and the entire team at Team 5 Foundation. They are doing some amazing things for our country and for the countries that are less fortunate in this world. Its a blessing!
If you want to help support their mission purchase a couple bags of Team 5 Humanitarian Blend, like them on social media and then tag them in a photo or video of you #BrewingBetterDays. Tell us what brewing better days means to you. Tell us why you love our #CoffeeWithPurpose and its #ServiceToThoseWhoServe.
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