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Dick Bork, Valhalla Warriors Club and Life After War

Dick Bork, Valhalla Warriors Club and Life After War: An Important Conversation About Mental Health, Physical Health, and Community

***Trigger Warning

If you have been through something traumatic (most people have) then you know that getting your mental health and mindset in a good place is often the most challenging aspect. If you have paired that with getting physically healthy and working out then you know that going about overall health starting with the physical aspect is a much easier approach.

They say that when the tide comes in all boats in the harbor rise, and finding a new normal with your mental and physical health is just that, many boats in the same harbor.

This week on the ‘Cultivate with Sarah Zastrow’ Podcast we talk with Dick Bork a Marine Veteran from Midland, Michigan who has a mission and vision that is coming together with Valhalla Warriors Club.

To listen to the entire episode, click HERE.

Dick says that Valhalla means warrior’s paradise and during his 4 tours in Afghanistan they would use the term Valhalla meaning, “until we meet again” in the warrior’s paradise. Dick was frustrated because you shouldn’t have to wait until you die to see your friends again and he wanted to create a place where people (anyone, not just veterans or active-duty military) could meet up, lift weights and be part of a community that supports, listens, and helps each other through the most difficult parts of life.

Valhalla warriors club is much more than a gym or weight lifting facility. The goal is to have a place to come together to workout, talk, laugh, cry and be a part of a community of people working to overcome any curveball life throws.

We talked about why the transition to “normal life” is so difficult. Whether you are leaving the military, graduating college or high school or really any other life transition, one reason it is so challenging is because there are no longer people around you doing the same thing. You no longer have a built-in community.

So, my challenge for you today is, look at your community, friends circle, family, etc and reach out to someone just to be a friend.

In going through major life changes having that community aspect or a friend that you can reach out to is so important. If you are struggling with depression it can be lifesaving. 22 veterans commit suicide every single day and whether you are in in the military, a veteran or not you probably know someone who has attempted to commit suicide. Having a place for people to go, join in brotherhood and talk about their frustrations and fears is so important.

If you are looking for more information about what to do or if someone you know, or you yourself are experiencing thoughts of suicide please visit for what to do, what to say, and next steps.

“There is nothing more dangerous than you own mind. . . .your situation is not going to change but your outlook on it can and so if we can create an environment that helps you look at all these daunting and overwhelming things in your life. . . then you can get through anything” ~Dick Bork

In the healing process, physical activity is key. Not only in going to the gym, networking, making friends, talking it out, getting healthy, and overcoming challenges but also proving to yourself that you can climb any mountain and overcome anything life throws at you.