As the Mission: Puerto Rico nears in on 100 days, we take time to reflect and thank all of those around us who have supported us, and who continue to keep awareness for Puerto Rico alive and well.
The Veterans 4 Team continues to travel the island with the DIVVY Water Purification systems providing hundreds and thousands of gallons of clean water in more than 20 municipalities such as Manati, Arecibo, Toa Alta and Caguas. There are also known stationary, water "Oasis" sites that produce clean water for their community on set days in San Juan, Guayanilla and Pinones.
Over the past few weeks Veterans 4 has been honored to working along side FEMA in helping to distribute Mass Care Commodity items such as tarps, water jugs, grocery boxes and air mattresses.
Deploying to Puerto Rico has become increasingly difficult. Airlines have reduced the number of fights to the island and there is just less and less space allocated onboard each plane for relief efforts.
Ray Guasp shipped out the first weekend of November for the specific mission of conducting instruction and training of the latest DIVVY Ambassador in Pinones.
This hand picked resident, will be part of the Veterans 4 Puerto Rico "Boots on the Ground" team. Managing the day to day maintenance and operations of the water system for the community.
These are the faces of Veterans 4...this team of seasoned military professionals will be traveling to Puerto Rico to bring clean water and phone calls to loved ones.
Everyone on the team is donating their time and money to help support this mission. We will also be bringing in our own food and water as to not take away from the people, on site, in Puerto Rico.
Top left - 🇵Danny Torres- EMT Medic and Rope RescueDanny is an active Lieutenant with the Meriden Fire Department.
His mother is in Humacao and sister from Yabocoa. They are both suffering from no water and lack of power. Although he did not serve in the military he will be vital in providing basic medical and health needs to the communities we visit. He has 34 years of dedicated service to his community and we are proud to have him a part of the team.
Top right- Ron Spellman - Communications HFSW (high frequency short wave) Radio Operations, Ron is an Air Force Reserve Transport Specialist and former Coast Guard Veteran. Over all great American who has no family on the island but volunteered for this mission.
Bottom center - Pablo Soto - IT & Engineering, Pablo is a Former Combat Engineer, U.S. Army. He is from the island and has still yet to speak to his mother who lives in Aguadilla.
Bottom left - Angel Fernandez Navigation, Logistics & Security, Angel is a Naval Police Officer and Former Deputy Chief of Emergency Management for the Town of Middletown CT.
Angel's family is from Cidra and still unable to contact family in one of the hardest hit areas of the island. He has extensive training in emergency management and combat operations.
Bottom right - Reinaldo "Ray" Guasp Jr.
Logistics & Security Former U.S. Marine Weapons 0331/Combat Veteran, Ray has family members throughout the island who are in need of help. Ray has grown up visiting family in the towns of Guayanilla and Salinas and as an adult, enjoys the beauty and culture of entire island. At the end of the day, just a regular guy looking to help those in need.