U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Chaney/ReleasedAs a service member, you may encounter inner conflicts, ethical or moral challenges during deployments, special missions, or in the course of one’s duty. You may be required to act in ways that go against your moral beliefs or witness behaviors by others that make you feel uncomfortable.1 These experiences can lead to moral injury.This article explores the concept of moral injury, why a service member might experience it and the resources available for care and support.
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Source: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/ReleasedPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological health concern that can occur following a traumatic or life-threatening event. You can learn to cope with and recover from these events over time. However, others may experience stress-related changes in behavior that continue for months and develop into PTSD.1 Just as service members may experience different symptoms of PTSD, there are several options for care. This article provides information about the types of care and treatment available for PTSD and how to access them.
Photo courtesy of 1st Sgt. Simon SandovalExperiencing psychological stress as a result of life transitions, deployment or other long-term separations can be common in military life. This stress can impact a service member’s personal relationships, physical fitness routines and overall psychological health. The newest Real Warriors Campaign profile, 1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval, knows firsthand that it is difficult to cope with these stressors alone.
Photo by Osakabe YasuoClinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are designed to help health care professionals and patients make informed decisions related to health care delivery. The Defense Department (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs work together to create CPGs that meet the needs of both the military and veterans’ health care systems. These guidelines serve as a tool to improve patient care and reduce variations in how care is delivered. ”1In this article, learn about each of the guidelines available, benefits of using the guidelines and where to access them.
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 family and friends. Eventually, by opening up and sharing his experiences, he began to turn his life back around.
Source: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Hill/ReleasedStress can be a big part of military life, no matter what branch you support. But for National Guardsmen and reservists, the stressors you and your family face are unique. You cope with the challenges of both military and civilian life, and the transition between the two can be difficult and challenging at times. As part of your duties, you may be stationed away from home, often making it difficult to stay connected with your family and peers. During times of transition, it is important to recognize when you feel stressed and learn ways to cope.
Returning home from combat or other deployments can be joyful and, sometimes, challenging. Difficulty reintegrating can increase stress and make it harder to cope with invisible wounds. In this video, warriors and family members share their reintegration experiences.
Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amber Kelly-Herard/ReleasedFinancial emergencies can be stressful for service members, veterans and their families. When financial problems arise, it can cause a strain in family relationships. Children may also notice a parent’s stress and begin to worry. Whether you need assistance with anything from basic living expenses to emergency travel for moving, there are organizations to help relieve financial stress and get you through these challenging times.Each military branch has a financial relief group. Learn about these groups and the different types of support they offer.
Figure 1. Deployment Health Assessment Process 2