“It was a hard but rewarding process to write about a traumatic experience on the Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley blog. Working with the editor on the edits and rewrites, they helped me to tell my story, knew the right questions to ask, while also supporting me knowing this was a difficult process. My counselor had been telling me to write about it for awhile now and I didn’t believe it would be helpful. Yet writing it out was surprisingly very healing and helped me to continue the process of letting go. Sometimes we need to do things that are difficult to help us continue to move forward in healing.” – RVDV blog contributor, October, 2019 "Reading the stories on RVDV’s blog brings back Vietnam experiences of my own. This is a good thing, very good thing, you all have created." - Jim Hardy, Vietnam Veteran, Combat Artist "I get involved with Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley because I can’t turn down helping a fellow Veteran" - Chad Dismuke, Marine Corps Veteran So grateful to Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley & Pleasant hill YMCA for offering a free yoga class to Veterans on Sunday mornings so I can start my week of refreshed and relaxed! Love it so much! - Tiffany Chinn "Dear RVDV, I have spent the last hour reading through your blog and website, and I’m so impressed with all that your organization does for Diablo Valley Veterans!" - Nanci Nicholson Gauthier "I was recently contacted by a Veteran who attempted to end his life a couple years ago. One of the RVDV blog posts was a key asset in helping move this person to a place of openness to therapy. I just wanted you to know that this is the kind of impact RVDV is having." - Former VA Psychologist, September 2019 “I think that RVDV has figured out what Veterans value. It’s simple, a place to build community”. - Octavious Scott, RVDV co-creator
Leadership and Healing: Creating Space for Transformation

Leadership and Healing: Creating Space for Transformation

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

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

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...
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Wake Up Call

Wake Up Call

I felt sickened. While I could see the need to move the man, seeing a machine do it was so disrespectful to human life. I quickly pushed these thoughts down since there was nothing I could do about it, and...
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Warrior…for Love

Warrior…for Love

I served 7 years in the Marine Corps Reserves, deploying twice to Iraq in some of the most dangerous areas, including the Triangle of Death. This is the same place that the modern day terror group, ISIS, was hiding out...
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Remembering to Remember

Remembering to Remember

My point is we’re on edge. We’re worried about those still fighting; we’re trying to find ourselves and other vets; and we’re seeking the care and treatment we need without feeling like it’s a threat to our warrior ethos. We...
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