DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: Resources and Benefits for Veterans

U.S. Army retired Maj. Ed Pulido

U.S. Army retired Maj. Ed Pulido. Photo courtesy of Real Warriors Campaign

The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness initiative sponsored by the Department of Defense. The campaign encourages help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with psychological health concerns. At the heart of the campaign are the  stories of real service members who reached out for support or care with successful outcomes, including learning coping skills, maintaining their security clearance and continuing to succeed in their military or civilian careers.

To close out Veterans Day this month, the Real Warriors Campaign profilee, retired U.S. Army Maj. Ed Pulido discussed his story of seeking care for invisible wounds and the tools and resources that have helped him most. Joining Pulido was Ken MacGarrigle from the VA Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Outreach Team share resources and benefits available for veterans.

Read the Defense.gov news story by Claudette Roulo.

Listen to the MP3.

Read the transcript.

Joining us on the call were Dale Kissinger, of Military Avenue; Claudette Roulo, of American Forces Press Service, John McCandless, of Navy Memorial; Michele Cowell, of My Military Matters; and Judy Davis of the Direction Diva.

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  • rockheadOH .

    A very close family member did 3 tours in Iraq and came home approximately 3 yrs. ago…finished his college and got a job in his field. I noticed something strangely different about him when he came back and thought “well he’s grown up” ….things have gotten dramatically worse since that time and he is becoming increasingly distant from everyone, not able to work, feels ashamed and worthless. They tried to talk to him at the VA about his problems and he said he was so ashamed he couldn’t talk to anyone about it. There are other physical problems arising or getting worse that are stemming from the mental side of it. I’m 100% positive he has PTSD….how can I get him help if he can’t take it upon himself to get help ?
    Please Help !