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Helping Service Members Transition to Life Back Home: Tools to Help with Resilience, Recovery and Reconnecting

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Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp

Returning home from deployment can be difficult for any service member. Members of the National Guard and Reserve have a unique challenge balancing their military service with civilian life, and returning to a civilian life that does not include those with whom they served can be especially stressful. However, resources like the Real Warriors Campaign are available for service members who are experiencing challenges associated with transition.

Sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), the Real Warriors Campaign is a public education initiative designed to encourage service members, veterans and their families to seek care and treatment for the invisible wounds of war.

“Warriors are hesitant to seek treatment for invisible wounds because of a fear that it will affect their career, but that’s a myth,” Capt. Paul S. Hammer, DCoE Director, said. “In fact, if you don’t seek help, it will affect your career because down the road, symptoms may affect a service member’s ability to do his or her job effectively.”

To help service members and families with transitions and reintegration, the Real Warriors Campaign provides tools, tips and resources such as the ones below to encourage service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds to reach out for support. 

Every service member should know that they and their families should feel comfortable reaching out to their units and chain of command for support. Reaching out is a sign of strength that benefits yourself, your family and your unit and service.

The Real Warriors Campaign is online at www.realwarriors.net. For general inquiries, e-mail webmaster@realwarriors.net.

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