“Broken and Unreadable” is a term used by military personnel on the radio when the message sent or received is unclear or unheard. Here at RVDV, we decided to use this language as a title for our blog to symbolize the disconnect between the experience of service members and the general population. This blog is intended to close the gap between our military experiences and society. It is also a place where Veteran authors can write about well-being, society, their opinion, narratives, or anything else. Contact ryan(at)returningvetsofdiablovalley.org to submit your writing.
Just a few hours prior, I sat in the confines of a fluorescent lit conference room with 3 field grade officers, all built like brick shithouses, chizzled, professional, determined, yet compassionate, staring back at me. They had just stated their...Read More
The experience of therapy was new to me. I wasn't used to someone listening. To caring. To someone asking questions about my feelings, and affirming the validity of them. To someone simply being present as I cried about hurtful events...Read More
So I smoked in college, after I graduated, and off an on when I entered professional life. I would quit because I felt ashamed, and then fire back up again. It became a vicious cycle. I realize now that this...Read More
As Veterans, we know all to well what it means to suck it up. "Embrace the suck" has become so common place that we often live our lives from this place, and even tell our friends in one way or...Read More
The first time we took enemy contact was on our first patrol. We had just arrived in country, and we had not yet gained enough experience to conduct a foot patrol that didn't leave us exhausted. Despite having trained for...Read More
Connection after service among Marines can be tricky at times. Our relationships were fostered in an environment where feelings and emotions were mostly suppressed, or at least not acknowledged or talked about much. When we come together, it can feel...Read More