Narrative, Transition, and Leadership within the Veteran Community


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 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?

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 […]

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 a U.S. Marine in 2005. While those words rang very […]