The blog below is hosted by Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley. It is intended to provide a place to explore the personal experiences of Veterans, and the practices and perspectives that are fundamental to enacting leadership that supports the transition from military service to civilian life – 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?

Do You Ever Feel Like A Part of You Died in Iraq?

This Veterans Day weekend I flew back to the Midwest from California to spend some time with the Marines that I served with in Iraq in 2004.  I stayed for three days with my squad leader from that deployment, and we had a chance to reconnect and celebrate the 243rd Marine Corps Birthday.  The first […]

Good Initiative, Bad Judgement

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 for Marines – it required frisking, looking […]

A Seemingly Normal Day in Iraq

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 sat 20 miles south […]