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.
Family & Relationships
Family and relationships can be a great source of joy and support. Leaning on those you trust is a good way to cope with hard situations.
At times, however, families and relationships can also be a source of stress. Fortunately the Real Warriors Campaign can help you strengthen your relationships and keep your family healthy even while facing challenges. Use the following resources to learn more about how to develop and maintain strong relationships.
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.
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.