KU alumnus and former U.S. marine receives Heinz Award for extraordinary achievement

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 in Alumni News and News

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Former U.S. Marine William McNulty, c’01, has received the 20th Heinz Award for Human Condition, one of five awards given by the Heinz Family Foundation for extraordinary achievement in specific areas of endeavor, including arts and humanities, environment, public policy, and technology, the economy and employment. McNulty shares the honor with Jacob Wood, co-founder of the nonprofit veteran-led disaster relief organization Team Rubicon. The two will split an unrestricted cash award of $250,000.

“William McNulty and Jacob Wood invite us to treat their fellow veterans as the powerful assets that they really are,” said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation, in a press release. “By creating opportunities for veterans to continue serving others, they are not only reconnecting many of our former military men and women with a deep sense of purpose, but they are also helping our society fundamentally change the way we talk and think about veterans.”

McNulty and Wood assembled the rapid-response, disaster emergency team of military veterans following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010. The organization’s volunteers are trained to provide swift and effective disaster relief between the onset of a disaster and the arrival of conventional relief agencies.

“The volunteers of Team Rubicon are veterans who have found a new purpose after completing their military service, by stepping up to the plate and serving in their civilian life,” McNulty said in a press release.

Since 2010, Team Rubicon has deployed rapid-response teams in four continents and 11 countries, including Pakistan, the Philippines, Sudan and across the United States. Now that the effort has expanded to 25,000 volunteers in the United States, McNulty and Wood are launching Team Rubicon Global, a new organization that will extend the model to Norway, Australia and the United Kingdom.

For more information on the 20th Heinz Award recipients, visit heinzawards.net.

Photo by Dave Lauridsen for USAA

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