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1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval: Reaching Out is A Sign of Strength

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.

Understanding and Using Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines

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.

Profile: 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 family and friends. Eventually, by opening up and sharing his experiences, he began to turn his life back around.

Tips for National Guard and Reserve Members to Manage Stress

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.

Profile: Real Warriors and Reintegration

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.

Emergency Financial Resources to Relieve Stress

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.

Understanding Deployment Health Assessments

Figure 1. Deployment Health Assessment Process 2

Reaching Out for Help: That's True Strength

Photo courtesy of Dick Phillips; Tippett in Fort Campbell In recognition of Mental Health Month and Memorial Day, the Real Warriors Campaign encourages all service members, veterans and families to seek help for psychological health concerns. Experiencing psychological stress as a result of life transitions, deployment or other long-term separations can be common in military life. Because psychological wounds are often invisible, seeking care early is critical for successful care and positive outcomes.

How to Stay Connected While Miles Apart

Source: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar/ReleasedDeployments or other separations can be tough for military families, including new parents. When a child is born, parents may experience new emotions. The deployed parent may miss some of the baby’s first moments that parents hope to be present for and share. If extended family is not close by to help them adjust, this can be very stressful and emotional for both the parent away and the parent at home.

Peer Support for Military Spouses

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham/Released

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