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Veterans & Global Rescue: A Successful Partnership

Interview with Veteran Matt Napiltonia, Senior Manager at Global Rescue


NOTE: Hunting Life caught up with military veteran Matt Napiltonia, who is now Senior Manager in Global Rescue’s US-based Operations Center. He served with the 101st Airborne Division and was also a Navy SEAL.

Q1: Are military veterans a big part of Global Rescue’s business success?

No doubt. Veterans constantly make an incredible contribution to Global Rescue’s rescue abilities. Every day, Global Rescue personnel are involved in medical, security, and travel operations all over the globe to ensure its members are safe and sound.

Q2: Why are veterans so important to Global Rescue?

Global Rescue’s business relies on operational skills and executional excellence that aren’t readily available among most job-seekers unless the individual acquired those capabilities in the military. Since its founding in 2004, Global Rescue has relied on military veterans to include the most highly trained Special Operators in the world to innovate within the field of medical and security-related rescue and evacuation. Global Rescue has conducted over 15,000 operations in 15 years.

Q3: Veterans don’t always transition to civilian careers easily. Why is that?

Veterans often face challenges adjusting to civilian life. Employers sometimes balk at hiring vets because they see them as too rigid or formal while some are concerned that they don’t fit into corporate culture. Yet, Global Rescue is a place where many veterans have found a career opportunity that blends – and requires – the best of both worlds.

Q4: What makes Global Rescue such a good fit for veterans?

Global Rescue is a uniquely satisfying answer for nearly 20 percent of the company roster. The business needs clear-minded, mission focused, individuals with varied backgrounds in aeromedical evacuation, rescue coordination, security, intelligence or crisis response are key to the success of Global Rescue’s business. That combination of skills is atypical outside of the military.

Q5: Many of the veterans at Global Rescue are former Special Forces. Why is that?

The range of emergencies we respond to covers a broad spectrum of incidents. In Chile, we handled the medical care of a member who suffered lacerations following a skiing accident. In the Seychelles off the east coast of Africa, a member who was bitten by a giant trevally near the remote island of Farquhar was rescued, evacuated and repatriated to South Africa. A cyclist in Switzerland with a fractured ankle was provided medical advice. We also specialize in high risk, remote rescue operations throughout the globe including the Himalayas, the Amazon jungle, and remote South Pacific islands. In every situation, the stakes are really high. It’s work that matches the unconventional mindset and training found among former Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Delta Force medics, Army Rangers, Navy Intelligence Officers and Defense Intelligence Agency personnel.

Q 6: Why should hunters consider being a member of Global Rescue?

Some of the best place to hunt are also the worst places to get sick or injured. Global Rescue membership provides medical evacuation and advisory services. We pioneered worldwide field rescue for our members in remote or dangerous environments. Our deployable teams are standing by to rescue our members from the point of illness or injury for any serious medical emergency. Our medical advisory  is 24/7/365 with critical care paramedics, nurses and physicians, and an exclusive relationship with the John Hopkins Emergency Medicine Division of Special Operations.

Q7: What about if those hunters never leave the United States?

Global Rescue services are for travelling members more than 100 miles from their home address. We routinely provide services throughout the U.S. For example, in Idaho, we dispatched a helicopter to evacuate an injured hunter from a remote area during a blizzard. A member was evacuated from Anchorage and flown by air ambulance to their home hospital in Boston after sustaining head and neck injuries following a fall. In Maine, we arranged for the medical care of a member who experienced blurred vision while traveling.

For more information about Global Rescue membership call (800) 381-9754 or visit them online.


Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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