Transition and Leadership within the Veteran Community
Returning home from Iraq, it took a while to realize that the fitting in thing wasn’t happening. There were weeks at a time when I couldn’t leave the house.
Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley found a counselor for me, they said “you want to be with this guy”. They picked me up and drove me to appointments several times. They basically just listened to me patiently, took me out to eat, and made me feel like I was OK. I wasn’t broken to a degree that I couldn’t be fixed.
Because of RVDV reaching out to help support and guide me in my educational endeavor, I was able to attend UC Berkeley’s HAAS School of Business. They linked me up with the Cal Veterans Group, as well as transfer and mentor programs that gave applicants like me a leg up during the admissions process. Their mentorship and advice complimented my own hard work at community college – and they helped me to best represent my potential as a returning military veteran.
I opened up my Contra Costa Times this morning and initially saw the story about RVDV but when I glanced at the photo, I realized it was my son that you were assisting. I no longer know how to help him without becoming a helicopter parent, or maybe worse, an enabler. I am hoping that he finds what he is looking for among those who share similar stories.
– Noel’s mother
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