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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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Video Profile: 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 Maj. Jeremy Haynes

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59 Sec PSA: Retired Maj. Jeremy Haynes

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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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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Video Profile: 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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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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Video Profile: 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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Video Profile: Staff Sgt. Brittany Johnson

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Staff Sgt. Brittany Johnson spent years reliving memories of her sexual assault. By seeking care, Staff Sgt. Johnson learned what triggered her and how to cope when memories resurfaced. Hear how Staff Sgt. Johnson turned a traumatic event into an opportunity to share her story and help others.

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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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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: Retired Command Sergeant Major Christopher K. Greca

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Video Profile: Retired Command Sergeant Major Christopher K. Greca

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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Taking the First Step to Access Behavioral Health Care

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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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29 Sec PSA: Retired Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler

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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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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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29 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 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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Last Updated: January 27, 2022
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