Two Northern California Marine Corps and U.S. Military veterans packed up and left for an additional deployment late Monday night time.
This time, Grass Valley resident Aaron Baker and Rancho Cordova resident Kevin Delong are going to Houston on their very own time and dime.
“I simply have a want to assist individuals,” Delong stated. “I feel we lack a number of human kindness. I feel we have to present it and simply assist one another, assist thy neighbor, assist the group. I feel that’s essential.”
The journey will take them greater than 1,900 miles away into the guts of the area ravaged by Tropical Storm Harvey.
The pair plans to remain in Houston for 5 days, however they stated the timeline is versatile — relying on the extent of want they encounter.
“Simply the human struggling that’s coming via on these reviews could be very impactful for me,” Baker stated. “It actually calls on me to assist.”
Along with survival gear few outdoors of the army might accumulate, Baker and Delong are bringing a donated kayak they plan to make use of to assist with the rescue effort.
They anticipate paddling out to seek for survivors and assist flood victims in want in the course of the day and sleeping in Baker’s Dodge Journey at night time.
“Being former Marines, we’ve slept in worse,” Baker stated.
Baker and Delong served collectively and even roomed collectively in Iraq from 1996 to 2000. The bond they established again then continues to be intact years later.
So, when Delong referred to as Baker on Sunday and requested him for his assist, he did not hesitate.
“He’s my good friend, he’s my brother, it was second nature to him,” Delong stated.
“I’ve the time and the supply, so I needed to go down and assist fellow People out,” Baker stated.
The veterans left from Rancho Cordova late Monday and hope to get to work in Houston by Wednesday.