It’s hard for us military veterans to stay motivated on our own, because we don’t exist in a vacuum.
Join RVDV and meet others.
Beginning January 29th, we will host Yoga at the YMCA in Pleasant Hill, CA located at 350 Civic Drive, on Sunday mornings at 1230PM and every Sunday thereafter. Classes will be instructed by a certified yoga teacher who has experience in working with military veterans in yoga settings.
Many of us come back from war with the belief that others can’t be trusted or possibly understand what we have been through. This can lead to many Veterans isolating themselves from friends, family and the community. Many Veterans are grieving the loss of friends killed in combat in addition to being separated from those they deployed with and shared a tight bond through difficult times. Losing trust in others and attempting to numb oneself through various means (alcohol, drugs, avoidance) are common ways many of us deal with that pain. If we truly want to send our Veterans the message “welcome home,” we can offer them the chance to get reintegrated and reconnected to the community in healthy ways. Team sports are a great opportunity for that. The physical exercise promotes both physical and mental well-being, as it gives participants a way to find community and trust in others again.
Coming back in 2017
The Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley basketball team was created in 2015 in an effort to bring together local returning veterans for a common purpose and to engage in physical activity with one another. As a result of the generous support of our sponsor, Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley, we were able to obtain team jerseys and all of our team fees were paid resulting in a $2000+ donation. We are presently looking for more players and additional financial support to help this activity continue. This activity has helped the returning veteran community to cultivate meaningful friendships, get physically active, and engage with their community – all of which are important as returning veterans endeavor to transition back into civilian life. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please get in touch with us. See our image gallery here.
Returning home from Iraq, it took a while to realize that the fitting in thing wasn’t happening. There were weeks at a time when I couldn’t leave the house. Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley found a counselor for me, they said “you want to be with this guy”. They picked me up and drove me to appointments several times. They basically just listened to me patiently, took me out to eat, and made me feel like I was OK. I wasn’t broken to a degree that I couldn’t be fixed.
Because of RVDV reaching out to help support and guide me in my educational endeavor, I was able to attend UC Berkeley’s HAAS School of Business. They linked me up with the Cal Veterans Group, as well as transfer and mentor programs that gave applicants like me a leg up during the admissions process. Their mentorship and advice complimented my own hard work at community college – and they helped me to best represent my potential as a returning military veteran.
I opened up my Contra Costa Times this morning and initially saw the story about RVDV but when I glanced at the photo, I realized it was my son that you were assisting. I no longer know how to help him without becoming a helicopter parent, or maybe worse, an enabler. I am hoping that he finds what he is looking for among those who share similar stories.
– Noel’s mother