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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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Video Profile: 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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Video Profile: 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 Maj. Ed Pulido

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6/21/2021

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 Maj. Jeff Hall

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6/21/2021

Every deployment is unique and can impact service members in different ways. In this public service announcement, Retired Maj. Jeff Hall describes returning from his second Iraq deployment and feeling caught between the need for psychological support and reluctance to seek it out.

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

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6/21/2021

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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29 Sec PSA: Retired Sgt. Josh Hopper

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6/21/2021

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 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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59 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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Video Profile: Staff Sgt. Brittany Johnson

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6/21/2021

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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I Can, I Will

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6/21/2021

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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Real Warriors and Reintegration

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6/21/2021

Returning home from combat or other deployments can be joyful and, sometimes, challenging. Difficulty reintegrating can increase stress and make it harder to cope with invisible wounds. In this video, warriors and family members share their reintegration experiences.

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Video Profile: Lt. Col Iwona Blackledge

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6/21/2021

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: Retired Sgt. Josh Hopper

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6/21/2021

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

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6/21/2021

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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