I came to Veteran's PATH in 2011 while in rehab at the SFVA. I was just beginning to emerge from a place of total wreckage. I have since been to dozens of events and completed the Vet Leader program and now get to help other veterans by facilitating events. My life has expanded and I am finding new success in most areas of my life due in large part to the community and tools that I have found in Veteran's PATH. In 2017, I finished law school and passed the bar. I say this with total humility and gratitude, considering where I started. Largely, I want other veterans who are having trouble to know that they can have a good life too. I don't get to erase all the bad things I've done, but, I can learn to make peace with them and go forward with my life. I look forward to meeting you.
After several years serving as a Veteran Leader, Matt has now officially joined our team of facilitators. Listen to Matt's Morning Grounding Meditation from a Whitewater Rafting Retreat.
I am an Air Force OEF/OIF veteran of seven years and have been engaged in the Veteran’s PATH community since 2009. I first came to Veteran’s PATH trying to deepen my understanding and connection to my psychological and spiritual wellness. When I first left the military I knew I needed to take care of my physical wellness, so I worked out and stayed very active in recreational sports, but something was missing in my life. I still had emotional issues and high anxiety despite my physical exertion from day to day. Although, Veteran’s PATH is non-denominational I find a spiritual enrichment in the community of Veterans who attend and open themselves up to what is real for them at that moment. My relationship with Veteran’s PATH continues to grow and I’m forever grateful to them for the practices that I have learned and continue to develop. I have a new job as the Manager of Wellness Programs for the San Mateo Union High School District.
After several years serving as a Veteran Leader, Travis has now officially joined our team of facilitators. Listen to Travis leading a guided meditation at our September 2016 one-day event.
I served in the US Army for 5 1/2 years as a Military Police Officer and completed two tours in service of Iraqi Freedom I and III. Now retired, I spend my time traveling, painting and making music. As a Veteran Leader, I am committed to ensuring the growth of the organization and assisting veterans in the improvement of their lives through the use of Mindfulness Practice. I wouldn't be here or the person I am today without Veteran's Path in my life. It's an amazing organization. There are friendships made here that last a lifetime.
I am an Army Infantry veteran of six years and was deployed to the former Yugoslavia. Transitioning to a civilian life was difficult. My military occupation did not translate to the civilian world. My leadership skills and motivation were very intense in comparison. I felt like life had lost its most important purpose, my brothers in arms. I didn’t discover Veteran’s PATH until much of the transition work had been done and some wounds healed. But, here I found a place that was utilizing methods that had, and continue, to work toward developing a peaceful and joyful life. Veteran’s PATH has given me more tools to cultivate my life with and the courage to look more deeply. Even more, in the vet leader program I am beginning to be able to give back the gifts I have received, true healing.
I served 10 years in the Army National Guard, and was deployed 2003~2004 to Iraq. After getting out of the military I had a hard time adjusting to civilian life. But Veteran’s PATH has helped me adjust from being a soldier to a husband and father. This is thanks to the mindfulness practices I’ve learned and the community Veteran’s PATH has created. I’m proud to be a Veteran Leader and to help teach these practices to other veterans.
I served in the US. Navy, and was commissioned in 1989. I spent 10 years on active duty and am still currently serving in the reserves. I was a Surface Warfare Officer first, completing two shipboard deployments at the tail end of the 1st Gulf War, then made the switch into Meteorology and Oceanography and shifted into the reserves. I completed two years back on active duty since 9/11, one on a shipboard deployment and the other as the THIRD Fleet Oceanographer. Here’s what I have to say about Veteran’s PATH: