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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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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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59 Sec PSA: Retired Sgt. 1st Class David Parish

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After surviving a suicide attempt, Retired Sgt. 1st Class David Parish was determined to let his fellow warriors know about the importance of striving for progress, not perfection and reaching out for support from the Military Health System.

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59 Sec PSA: Retired Staff Sgt. Megan Krause

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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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Real Warriors and Families

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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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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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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 1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval

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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: Retired Command Sergeant Major Christopher K. Greca

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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: Capt. Joshua Mantz

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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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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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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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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: Retired Maj. Ed Pulido

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Wounded by an IED blast in Iraq, Retired Maj. Ed Pulido returned home facing tremendous physical and psychological challenges, including thoughts of suicide. What turned things around for him was reaching out for and accepting support from others, and focusing on helping service members and families in similar circumstances.

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29 Sec PSA: Retired 1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval

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29 Sec PSA: Retired Gunnery Sgt. Mathew Barr

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