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My Orientation (Level 1)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 03:54 | Arroxane Eber
In every meeting--whether by chance or by invitation--there is something to be gleaned. We learn something that we did not know before. Perhaps we learn just a name and title of a person. Or we may find that meeting has changed our perception and understanding in some fundamental way.

Certainly, the SWVBRC Orientation leaves a veteran with a sense of transformation. But, like the caterpillar's building of a cocoon, the change is only in preparation for some greater transformation.

In this manner I, the caterpillar, have been wrapped in the title of Learner--my cocoon--so that I may continue to develop my awareness of my role, rights, and responsibilities as a veteran and a contributor to the United States economy. I feel swaddled in the sense that there is something to look forward to--not only for myself, but for all veterans in all levels of need. Moreover, I have been reminded that I am not alone and am a member of a very special race: American Veterans.


  • Thursday, January 21, 2010 02:09 | Eric Harrington
    Hi Arroxane! Welcome to the group. I am sure you will gain a great deal and have a huge impact here.

    What part of orientation did you find most interesting? And did you learn anything you did not already know?

    All the best,
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  • Sunday, January 24, 2010 06:31 | Jami Price
    Welcome! I like your analogy of being a learner... I look forward to reading your next blog...
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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2010 09:14 | Sigrid Gilbert
    Welcome to SWVBRC, Marine Arroxane. It sounds like you are pleased to have discovered the
    organization, and your attitude makes you a tremendous asset. I too love your analogy. So true!
    I live in Austin, actually in the Lakeway area on Lake Travis, if you know it. If you are ever in
    Austin and need a place to stay, please know you can stay here. Al uses it for his headquarters
    when in Austin. Just want to say a quick hello and am looking forward to your next blogs.
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  • Thursday, February 04, 2010 19:23 | Angela
    Is this transformation somewhat similar to or very different from the one you experienced as you moved from being a civilian to being a Marine during basic training? How do you think it will affect your outlook on other aspects of your life?
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