Iraq War veteran Matt Runyon discusses returning home, the difficulty facing vets, and charity work being done by soldiers. We discuss Michelle Obama and Joe Biden’s efforts on behalf of veterans, unemployment, suicide and mental health, and his own work with Team Rubicon, all in this Media Mayhem interview hosted by Allison Hope Weiner.
Matt Runyon is responsible for the development, implementation and management of Team Rubicon’s veteran programs. Originally from Akron, Ohio, Matt is a graduate of the USC’s Leventhal School of Accounting. He is an 8 year Army veteran, deploying with the 56th Military Police Co. in support of Police Transition Team operations from 2007-2008. Matt joined Team Rubicon full-time after working in varying corporate finance and contract negotiation roles for Raytheon Company.
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Media Mayhem Short Clips Playlist:
00:01 Welcome to Media Mayhem.
00:30 Introducing Matt Runyon.
00:50 Clip: Team Rubicon
02:50 Runyon’s reasons for joining Team Rubicon and his experience as an army veteran.
09:00 Returning home from Iraq and the U.S. response to veterans.
18:00 The veteran suicide rate and addressing mental health and unemployment.
24:00 The financial structure of Team Rubicon and the resources that it offers.
26:00 Clip: Veterans helping Hurricane Sandy victims.
31:20 Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden’s efforts in aiding veterans.
37:40 Recovery efforts and how Americans can decide where to donate their money.
42:20 How does Team Rubicon help veterans with mental health problems?
50:40 Thanks and goodbye.