The Real Warriors Campaign is a public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members and veterans coping with invisible wounds. The campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to eliminate the stigma associated with service members reaching out for care and support for 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.
On Thursday, September 25, DoDLive hosted a bloggers roundtable with Lt. Cmdr. Dana Lee, United States Public Health Service Chief, Early Intervention Psychological Health Promotion at the Deployment Health Clinical Center Defense Centers of Excellence for PH and TBI, who introduced and highlighted the campaign’s new Real Warriors app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Joining Lt. Cmdr. Lee was 1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval who will shared his story of coping with invisible wounds and reaching out for care and support.
The Real Warriors app is an online photo-sharing service that offers peer support for warriors, veterans and military families. Users can upload photos to the Wall, salute others, share photos via social networks (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Flickr), and access 24/7 resources. Check out the Wall, salute and share photos from any device by visiting the app’s complementary website: https://realstrength.realwarriors.net.