When First Sgt. Simon Sandoval’s platoon lost two Marines while deployed in Iraq, the experience gnawed at him.
He asked himself, “How did everything get so messed up? Was it my fault? Could I have done this differently?”
He started drinking heavily, lost interest in his health, and pulled away from family and friends.
Such invisible wounds can be the hardest to heal, and most difficult to talk about. To help change that, the Psychological Health Center of Excellence launched the web-based Real Warriors Campaign with support from Booz Allen. The campaign’s goal is to reduce the stigma surrounding psychological health within the military community, and encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans, and their families.