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Friday, June 12, 2009 18:52 | Jonathan Newhouse

     As of today, my relationship with SWVBRC began 8 days ago; and together with my wife Terri, whom is also a Veteran, accomplished orientation last Saturday, June 6th, the 55th anniversery of the D-Day landing. I wish to thank Jeff, Wes, Jaya, Philip, Francis, and Chris for being there to bear witness.

     In order to stay true to the purpose of the SWVBRC's learning steps, I must first admit to the revelations necessary to commit to blogging, as I am one that has found that blogging about myself a bit unnatural, however, I'm always quite interested in learning anew, and realize any first step is necessary for every path traveled, without which, there will be no destination. 

     My membership with SWVBRC ocurred quite by happenstance, and I won't wear my wife's story out before she has the opportunity to tell her own version; but I can readily say the experience thus far has been thought provoking and insightfull, even though in general, I'm still unclear as to my own mission. I anticipate with great vigor, that is what I will be learning and able to pass along to others.     



  • Friday, June 12, 2009 16:56 | Terri Newhouse
    I am absolutely amazed that you beat me to the blog! your wife.
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  • Saturday, June 13, 2009 21:07 | Chris Thayer
    Hello Jonathan and welcome to SWVBRC. You and Terri are our first husband and wife team of veteran Learners. It was such a pleasure meeting both of you last Saturday at the articles of agreement signing and the Learner/Community meeting. As a volunteer and community member, I find that I too am learning and growing by participating in the program, by adding supportive comments on each Learner’s blog, by becoming more aware of the challenges that veterans go through when they reintegrate into civilian life after leaving the military, and by helping to educate communities so they become part of the solution.

    I never would have imagined that so many veterans are homeless; statistics show at least 25%. Knowing how much a veteran has committed to serving his/her country, knowing the risks and sacrifices that they have faced; this is not acceptable. We must all work together on the solution and I see this program as a viable solution; one where all the veterans are mentors and the community and veterans help support each other and grow and prosper.

    God bless you and Terri for finding Fallbrook and the Southwest Veterans’ Resource Center and Albert Renteria. I can’t wait to hear the story as you mentioned it was “quite by happenstance” and we haven’t heard Terri’s story on this yet. I look forward to reading the story and again welcome. Thank you also for your service to our country and to your future commitment to helping and mentoring other veterans.
    God Bless, chris
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  • Tuesday, June 16, 2009 08:03 | LeRoy Scheller Jr
    Welcome and I look toward reading both yours and your wife,s story. Remember no fair comparing notes, ha
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  • Saturday, June 20, 2009 08:55 | Jeffrey Backus
    Mr Newhouse, Congrats on winning the race to post on your blog first, of course, this is just the first lap, there are many more to go!
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  • Saturday, June 20, 2009 11:14 | Laurel Ho
    I think it is awesome that you and your Wife are doing this together. Welcome aboard and I look forward to hearing about your journey. It is a pretty common statement on the Blogs from the Learners that it is difficult to talk about ones self. We are a pretty good group, so feel free to put it all out there. Best wishes. Together we can make a difference. Laurel
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  • Wednesday, June 24, 2009 16:07 | Frances Lowe
    Welcome Jonathan, We are all very happy to have you as part of the team and look forward to sharing your vision with you. I know you have much to offer all of our veterans as well as a great future for you and Terri. I am looking forward to being there on that journey.
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  • Saturday, July 18, 2009 19:46 | Terri Newhouse
    Well my darling husband, I'm so looking forward to your next blog, "Who Am I". I just want to see if being married to you for 23 years has given me the secret. (hoping to learn more!) :)
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  • Monday, August 10, 2009 12:48 | Frances Lowe
    Great start, especially with all you are doing at the center. I really look forward to reading more.
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  • Tuesday, August 11, 2009 14:59 | Roger Reed
    Hi Jonathan, congrats on your move to become a learner and for all the great ideas and contributions that are on the way. We will see our goal of helping Vets and use all the tools we have. I know you are familiar with the Marine Corps concept "Mission First"
    and I have no doubt that we will make giant strides to get the job done. Look forward to our next meeting and brainstorming. Take care and Roger out
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  • Sunday, January 17, 2010 11:21 | Jami Price
    Welcome Mr. Newhouse.... I too am trying to get my husband to sign up so that he can help his Marines that are transitioning into civilian life!

    Jami Price
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