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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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Video Profile: 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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29 Sec PSA: 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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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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59 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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59 Sec PSA: Retired Staff Sgt. Megan Krause

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29 Sec PSA: Retired Maj. Jeff Hall

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59 Sec PSA: Retired Maj. Jeff Hall

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