“MVP has been monumental and instrumental to my transition. The morals, values, ethics, and optics that we have from our service and in MVP are of a different caliber than most people would not relate to or understand, but in a positive and powerful way.”
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of family, friends, and groups like MVP. “
“I suffer from PTSD. At MVP meetings we’re sharing and I know I’m not the only person dealing with these things. I’m lucky to have a safe place to talk, and I’m grateful for that.”
“MVP has helped me find my genuine self again, a new purpose and MVP will help guide me to the next stage in life—I am not alone. No more hesitating.”
“ Knowing that I had the same transition issues when leaving the service, I wanted to see if the program would help me too.”
“I now know that transitioning vets and former professional athletes have lost their identity and sense of family. Now my confidence is much stronger, and if I’m having an emotional moment, there’s someone at MVP to help me get back on track.”
“By 2015 the VA had done everything possible for me. I needed more help than physical—I missed the camaraderie I had in the Marines. I asked myself: ‘What’s the next thing or goal to drive me?’”
“A lot of people don’t like to talk about their military service for a variety of reasons—possibly because of survivor guilt, showing signs of weakness or feeling guilty for never firing their gun. Emotional trauma doesn’t go away until you process it and you can’t process it until you talk about it, and if you don’t talk about it, it’ll just fester.”
“Because of everything I've been doing, I was able to get off all the medications and for the first time in years ,I feel like myself. MVP gave me a family and I’m smiling again.”
“With the MVP peer support he has already received, I want to help any new members seeking additional advice and guidance at MVP.”
"It's okay to cry, to reach out for help and support from your battle buddies, the VA, and other family and friends. Remember you're not alone and you're not broken."
“As a veteran who finally started working through his transition, he found MVP a place where he could let out his frustration on the bags and mats, have positive conversations in the fireside chats while simultaneously encouraging those who were just starting their transition.”
“We all go through situations in life that are physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging when we find ourselves overwhelmed and drained. MVP is about embracing the obstacles, finding the confidence, coming together, and sharing experiences with fellow veterans; knowing that we’re not alone and having a safe place to find courage and bond amidst the chaos and uncertainty.”
MVP came into my life while I was at a low point. Early 2017 I had very little self-worth, I only identified with my faults and shortcomings, and I had absolutely no purpose. Though I appreciate and have come to cherish the views, perceptions, and experiences of my brothers and sisters in arms, it was the experience of Ryan Leaf that made a lasting impact on me. I respected and admired Ryan's honesty, integrity, and humility. I too wanted to write my comeback story, and I said to myself, "If Ryan Leaf can fall from grace in the national spotlight, and mount a comeback, so can I."
“I've now found the family and camaraderie that I've needed since leaving the military.”