1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval

1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval

After losing Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, 1st Sgt. Sandoval began drinking heavily, lost interest in maintaining his health and fitness, and pulled away from...

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Real Warriors and Psychological Health

Warriors train their bodies to build physical strength and resilience. To be at peak performance, though, it is equally important to use available tools and resources...

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Real Warriors and Resilience

Resilience is the ability to cope with stressful situations and adversity. The warriors featured in this profile share their stories of resilience and explain how...

Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall

Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall

As a combat photographer documenting every aspect of war, including heavy fighting during multiple Iraq deployments, Pearsall received physical injuries and...

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler, the senior most enlisted service member in the U.S. Army, experienced combat stress following deployment to Iraq. With the...

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The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.

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