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Defense Department Launches Web Campaign for "Real Warriors" Dealing with Psychological Wounds

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 27 2009

Via NextGov, the Department of Defense has launched a new online campaign aimed at destigmatizing the mental health struggles for active duty and reservist soldiers. RealWarriors.net frames psychological wounds -- including those stemming from traumatic brain injury -- as part and parcel of the battlefield challenges facing service members. The site features web video profiles of military members who have fought and overcome mental challenges, and gone on to continue their careers. One clip features a Marine dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In it, his commanding officer and family members praise his strength while discussing in honest terms his psychological battles since returning from war. He's now, says the clip, an intelligence officer. (Notice the .net domain, which might appear a bit less imposing to service members seeking help than a .gov address.)