Gary's Open Road
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10K Miles From Home
San Diego, CA
Indie: Team 10k Miles from Home (US)
Rescue Task Force
curiosity, do it, future, Iraq
Gary Becks, president and founder of Rescue Task Force, a nonprofit organization that provides food, medical supplies, and support to victims of natural and man-made disasters, knows what it means to help those in crises. Before founding Rescue task Force in 1988, Gary served in the Vietnam War as a med-evac corpsman, earning medals for more than 140 combat missions. Gary's altruistic nature has since led him around the globe on more than 100 missions to help victims of natural and conflictive disaster zones including South Africa, Iraq, Cambodia, and El Salvador. Gary's devotion to helping those in need never wandered—even for his own honeymoon. In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, La., Gary and his wife spent their newly wed bliss assisting people affected by the devastation. To date, Rescue Task Force has delivered more than 60 ocean freight containers with about 1,400 tons of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and disaster relief supplies donated by manufacturers to families on many continents.