Gary's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    10K Miles From Home

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    San Diego, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Indie: Team 10k Miles from Home (US)

GARY BECKS

Founder
Rescue Task Force

“Find your passion, identify it, and do it. Grab a hold of it like a bulldog.”

INTERESTS:

Medicine Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Opportunity Passion Planning

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

curiosity, do it, future, Iraq

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says there’s nothing more rewarding than saving a life.
  • Served in the Vietnam War as a med-evac corpsman, earning medals for more than 140 combat missions.
  • Founded Rescue Task Force in 1988—provides food, medical supplies, and support to victims of natural and man-made disaster.
  • Has been to “very hazardous places”; dealt with swamps, bugs, snakes, scorpions; been on rescue missions to Iraq, Kosovo, El Salvador.
  • Goes “because he can,” thinks everyone should want to go “take a machete and wade through the swamps.”
  • Says he’s never worried about the future, he’s always curious about the future but says you can’t “lay awake at night thinking about it.”
  • Big proponent of the “don’t plan; do” mentality.
  • Rescue Task Force has delivered more than 60 ocean freight containers with about 1,400 tons of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, disaster relief supplies.

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