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Real Warriors Campaign

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The Real Warriors Campaign promotes a culture of support for psychological health by encouraging the military community to reach out for help whether coping with the daily stresses of military life, or concerns like depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. Founded in 2009, the campaign supports the Defense Department’s Psychological Health Center of Excellence in its mission to break the stigma associated with psychological health concerns and encourage those who are coping with a psychological health concern to seek help. The campaign links service members, veterans and their families with care and provides free, confidential resources including online articles, print materials, videos and podcasts. If you or someone you know is coping with any concerns, know that reaching out is a sign of strength.


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59 Sec PSA: Retired Staff Sgt. Megan Krause

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6/21/2021

Service members watch each other's backs in combat, and it is just as critical that they do so after deployment to help buddies recognize when they might need psychological support and to understand that reaching out is a sign of strength.

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Taking the First Step to Access Behavioral Health Care

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6/21/2021

Seeking care early = a healthier life. Learn how you can get connected with a health care provider.

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Video Profile: Lt. Col Mary Carlisle

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6/21/2021

An experienced critical care nurse, Air Force Lt. Col. Carlisle thought she could handle anything on deployment to Iraq. But, the casualties she saw daily took a toll on her psychological health. Returning home with PTSD, she initially worried about seeking treatment, but then found the strength to get the help she needed.

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Video Profile: Retired Command Sergeant Major Christopher K. Greca

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6/21/2021

As a senior noncommissioned officer, retired Command Sergeant Major Greca did not recognize the subtle signs and symptoms of his physical and invisible wounds. Hear how CSM Greca realized that it takes strength to recognize the warning signs, and to seek support from military health resources.

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Video Profile: Retired 1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval

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6/21/2021

After losing Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, Retired 1st Sgt. Sandoval began drinking heavily, lost interest in maintaining his health and fitness, and pulled away from family and friends. Eventually, by opening up and sharing his experiences, he began to turn his life back around.

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Video Profile: Capt. Joshua Mantz

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6/21/2021

While on patrol in Iraq, a single sniper’s bullet severely wounded Capt. Mantz and killed his comrade. Although a devastating event, Mantz experienced no long-term psychological trauma from it thanks to preventive mental health care he received while hospitalized for his physical injuries.

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Video Profile: Maj. General David Blackledge

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6/21/2021

While commanding the Army's civil affairs forces in Iraq, then-Brig. Gen. Blackledge was wounded twice. Even after healing physically, he continued to experience psychological wounds that eventually led him to seek help for PTSD and share his story.

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59 Sec PSA: Retired 1st Sgt. Aaron Tippett

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6/21/2021

Retired 1st Sgt. Tippett sustained invisible wounds, including PTSD and mild traumatic brain injuries, from explosions during combat deployments. He shares his story of seeking psychological health care and encourages others to do the same.

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59 Sec PSA: Retired 1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval

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6/21/2021

After losing Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, Retired 1st Sgt. Sandoval began drinking heavily, lost interest in maintaining his health and fitness, and pulled away from family and friends. Eventually, by opening up and sharing his experiences, he began to turn his life back around.

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29 Sec PSA: Retired 1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval

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6/21/2021

After losing Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, Retired 1st Sgt. Sandoval began drinking heavily, lost interest in maintaining his health and fitness, and pulled away from family and friends. Eventually, by opening up and sharing his experiences, he began to turn his life back around.

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29 Sec PSA: Retired Gunnery Sgt. Mathew Barr

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6/21/2021

For 10 years, Retired Gunnery Sgt. Mathew Barr struggled with flashbacks of an IED explosion and survivor guilt from combat. After he reached out for support, counselors, chaplains and health care providers like LCDR Hanrahan helped set him on a path to success.

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29 Sec PSA: Technical Sgt. Joshua Williamson

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6/21/2021

After hitting rock bottom, Technical Sgt. Joshua Williamson decided to reach out for help for alcohol misuse. With support from his family, friends and healthcare providers, Technical Sgt. Joshua Williamson completed his second round of ADAPT, and is now sharing messages of strength with his military brothers and sisters.

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29 Sec PSA: Retired Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler

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6/21/2021

Retired Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler, the 14th Sgt. Major of the Army, experienced combat stress following deployment to Iraq. With the support of his command, Chandler reached out for the care he needed and continues to excel in his career.

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Real Warriors and Families

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6/21/2021

When a service member deploys, everyone around them is affected. These warriors and family members share their experiences and challenges of returning home and reintegrating with their loved ones.

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59 Sec PSA Ten Years Strong Sharing the Stories of Real Warriors

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6/18/2021

Since 2009, the Real Warriors Campaign has stood with the military community, empowering service members, veterans and their families with 24/7 resources to manage the symptoms of psychological health concerns. However, our job is not done. Learn how you can use the campaign’s resources to continue to break down barriers to psychological health care and spread the word that reaching out is a sign of strength.

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