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The Real Warriors Campaign: Reaching Out Makes A Real Difference

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best."

- President Obama, speaking to America's students about the importance of education

Remarks by the President: In a national address to America's schoolchildren

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"You have to be confident. The main thing is to maintain accountability and make sure everybody is doing what they're supposed to be doing. It's a lot to watch at the same time. I'm really pushing myself beyond a limit I didn't know was possible."

- Sgt. Sadie Tollberg, one of the 159 Soldiers in the Warrior Leader Course who are learning what it means to be an NCO.

Soldiers learn how to lead, be NCOs in Warrior Leaders Course

CALENDAR

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

September 2009

National Preparedness Month

Sept. 11: Patriot Day

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 18: POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sept. 27: Gold Star Mother's Day

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

The Real Warriors Campaign: Reaching Out Makes A Real Difference

What is it?

The Real Warriors Campaign, sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), is a multimedia public education campaign designed to reduce the stigma associated with seeking care or treatment with psychological health. With an estimated 1.8 million service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, psychological health is in the forefront for today's Soldiers and their families. In a recent Mental Health Advisory Team (MHAT) study, 12 percent of servicemembers exhibited signs of combat stress or depression during their first deployment. Those numbers rose to 19 and 27 percent during second and third deployments, respectively. These Soldiers are not alone.

The campaign seeks to remove the barriers that often prevent Soldiers from obtaining care or treatment for psychological health and traumatic brain injury the same way they would for a physical wound or illness. Seeking care and treatment can build resilience, facilitate recovery, and support reintegration for returning Soldiers and their families.

What has the Army done?

Through the Real Warriors Campaign Web site, Soldiers and families can chat online with health resource consultants, who are generally masters-level or higher health professionals. Health resource consultants can also be reached by calling the DCoE Outreach Center at 1-866-966-1020, any time, day or night. This allows Soldiers and their families to find the resources they need - when they need it the most.

Resources for active duty, National Guard, and reserve Soldiers are available as well as for family members, children and health professionals.

Information on Real Warriors can be found using various social media outlets including: TroopTube, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Servicemembers who successfully sought care and treatment share their stories on the multimedia page of the Real Warriors Campaign Web site.

Why is Real Warriors important to the Army?

To achieve peak performance a Soldier must be physically, psychologically and spiritually fit. The Real Warriors Campaign is a part of that overall DoD effort to enhance psychological fitness by combating the stigma associated with seeking care and treatment.

Resources:

Real Warriors Campaign Web site

Real Warrior Profiles

Resources for Families

Real Warrior Partners

DCoE Website

Outreach Center Toll Free: 1-866-966-1020

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