“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.”
“MVP reminds me of who I was and who I can still be. I have a strong support system now that has taught me life goes on.”
“Sitting in on the group talks after the workout really helped me put a lot of things of my own life into perspective.”
“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.”
Being a part of "MVP" gives retired athletes and retired veterans the ability to interact and share experiences and stories of what it's like to be removed from such an influential part of his or her life, and be expected to live like any other, "normal" person. Whatever "normal" is for us, we figure it out together.