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Narrative, Transition and Leadership within the Veteran Community

 

The blog below is hosted by Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley. It provides a place to explore the practices and perspectives that are fundamental to enacting leadership that supports the transition from military service to civilian life in becoming less distressing and disruptive and more productive – that benefits veterans, those that support them, organizations and communities, and the world. With your participation, we intend for this blog to be an ongoing inquiry that contributes to the conversation: what kind of leadership is needed to best respond to the transition challenges and opportunities for today’s veterans, and how do we develop it in ourselves and in others?

RVDV invites you to provide us with your experiences, narratives of your military or civilian life, questions and reflections of how we develop a practice of leadership capable of effectively responding to the challenges that show up for the returning veteran community.

Wake Up Call

When all one wants to do is sleep for the first time in days, the reality of combat shows there is no time to rest. The messenger in this case came in the form of a Soviet 120 millimeter mortar that landed next to my seven-ton truck around…
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My Story of War and Transition - In Pictures

Earlier today, I spoke with a friend who I served in the Marine Corps with, who is still serving, and he mentioned that he has lost nearly 30 friends to suicide in the past 16 years. There's no words for something like that. So, I wanted…

The Mental Duty Officer

While personal procrastination might at first glance appear to be a topic that returning military veterans wouldn't have to deal much with - I mean we once served as part of the world's most disciplined organizations - I found myself in graduate…

The Sword of a Peaceful Samurai

A little under ten years after I came home from my second tour in Iraq, and was discharged from the one job I poured my heart into - being a Marine - I found myself relatively miserable.  I am not talking about the "I had a bad day today, I'll…

Good Initiative, Bad Judgement

It was a bright and sunny morning in 2007, in Fallujah, Iraq, and a few men and I were tasked with helping to facilitate a “day of recruiting” for Iraqi police officers at the local police station. This wasn’t anything out of the ordinary…

A Seemingly Normal Day in Iraq

It was a seemingly normal day in Iraq on a foot patrol alongside a dozen of the deadliest men on the planet – my fellow U.S. Marines. We were about halfway finished with a foot patrol in downtown Mahmudiyah – a deadly little town that…

Warrior. . . for Love

“No matter where you go in the world people are people and they all want many of the same things”…are words I spoke while standing in front of a large gathering in my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska after my first combat tour in Iraq as…