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Benefits & Finances

Understanding your benefits and managing your finances is critical to your overall well-being. It keeps you mission ready, helps you successfully transition to civilian life and supports your health long after you leave the military.

However, navigating the information and resources you need can be overwhelming. The Real Warriors Campaign is here to help. Use the following resources to learn more and support your health and success no matter where you are in your military career.

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Security Clearances and Psychological Health Care

Reaching out for care for your psychological health is an important, positive step in your military career. When seeking a role that requires a national security clearance, you will be instructed to fill out the Standard Form 86 (SF86), “Questionnaire for National Security Positions.” [PDF 7.6MB] The federal government uses information from this form to conduct background checks and evaluate individuals who are:

Preparing for Deployment

Deployments can be challenging for service members, their families and friends. Fortunately, having a detailed plan helps you and your family during the transition.  

Whether it is your first deployment, or one of many, the following five tips can help you effectively cope with the challenges ahead.

1. Get Your Paperwork in Order

Start with the basics by gathering important documents and giving them to someone you trust like a spouse, parent, sibling or close friend. The exact paperwork you should gather depends on your circumstances, but may include:

Veterans Affairs Health Benefits Overview

If you are transitioning out of uniform you likely know that there are many resources to help you and your family. However, you might not know where to start.

To make your transition easier, the Real Warriors Campaign partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to produce this article. 

Follow our three-part series entitled Transitioning to the VA:

This introduces you to the VA and the VA health care system. To get you started we answer a few of the most common questions from veterans and their families.