It’s official, Vicki Gunvalson is woo-hooing her son-in-law’s discharge from his military service duties!
The Real Housewives of Orange County star took to Instagram to share the happy news — she gushed in a thoughtful message thanking her daughter’s husband for his “sacrifice,” for his country. She wrote:
“@ryan_culberson has completed his time in the Marine Corps today. Thank you for your sacrifice so we can live in the land of the free! I’m so proud to call you my son in law and thank you for making my daughter so happy. You got this! You’re not alone! Our family is strong! #marines #family #hero #husband #father#rhoc #realhousewives #season12”
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@ryan_culberson has completed his time in the Marine Corps today. Thank you for your sacrifice so we can live in the land of the free! I'm so proud to call you my son in law and thank you for making my daughter so happy. You got this! You're not alone! Our family is strong! ???❤️? #marines #family #hero #husband #father #rhoc #realhousewives #bravo #season12
Former Staff Sergeant Ryan Culberson, officially retired from the Marine Corps for medical reasons on Thursday, August 31. He served as a joint terminal attack controller with 11th Marines.
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Today is the first day in my civilian journey post Marine Corps. I like to thank everyone who over the years have been there for me. I know that with my wife and family by my side this will be a smooth transition, here's to new adventures, Semper Fidelis! #marines #marinecorp #usmc #semperfi #family
Ryan married Vicki’s daughter, Briana Culberson, in 2012 and has appeared on the show for the past three seasons. The couple has two sons, Troy and Owen.
Briana moved back to California with her sons during season 12 of the Bravo reality series. Briana’s husband had to remain in Oklahoma while awaiting his medical retirement from the US military.
As fans know, the former Marine made headlines during the season 8 finale — with one of the biggest blow-ups. Ryan went on a tirade against Lydia McLaughlin’s mom during Vicki’s Winter Wonderland party. At the time, both Vicki and Briana attributed it to Ryan being stressed because he was about to go on another tour in Afghanistan.
Since that incident, the dad of two sought help for post-traumatic stress (PTSD) that stemmed from his numerous combat deployments. Ryan participated in Save A Warrior — a resiliency program aimed at helping veterans of war zones.
“I’ve had issues for years that I have left unresolved,” Ryan told Marine Corps Times. “I just really want other Marines to be aware of programs like Save A Warrior and know that it’s OK to seek help.”
He added: “This is something I choose to do 100 percent on my own—I didn’t even feel the show needed to know anything about it,” he said. “But…the scrutiny of being in the public eye hasn’t made dealing with [the issues] any easier.”