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Real Warriors Campaign

Text on banner: Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength

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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4 Ways to Cope with Survivor Guilt

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When a fellow warrior dies or is injured in battle, it’s common to have feelings of shock, regret or guilt. This is known as Survivor guilt. Learn how you can stay psychologically fit.

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29 Sec PSA: Retired Command Sgt. Maj. 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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Know the Signs: Preventing Prescription Misuse

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29 Sec PSA: Retired Sgt. Josh Hopper

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The significance of reaching out and receiving help for a traumatic brain injury or psychological health issue are vividly illustrated in these public service announcements presenting the story of Retired Sgt. Josh Hopper, U.S. Marine Corps.

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Video Profile: Retired Maj. Jeremy Haynes

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After being shot four times in Afghanistan, Retired Maj. Jeremy Haynes faced thoughts of depression and suicide on his path to physical recovery. However, after reaching out for support from his wife and healthcare providers, Maj. Jeremy Haynes began to heal his visible and invisible wounds of war.

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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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59 Sec PSA: Retired Gunnery Sgt. Mathew Barr

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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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29 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: Lt. Col. Iwona Blackledge

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As a nurse deployed numerous times in Africa and the Middle East, Air Force Lt Col Blackledge saw many casualties and cared for wounded warriors and civilians alike. Her story sheds light on the important psychological health needs of warrior caregivers.

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59 Sec PSA: Technical Sgt. Joshua Williamson

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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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I Can, I Will

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Military life is rewarding, but it isn’t always easy. But I Can, I Will know the signs, seek care early, talk to my health care provider. Take the first step.

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Last Updated: January 27, 2022
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