REAL WARRIORS CAMPAIGN EFFORTS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

Campaign Efforts for the Month of November

Veteran’s Day E-Cards:

Electronic greeting cards are available for anyone to send to veterans and Service members to thank them for their service and to encourage them to access tips, tools and resources for the invisible wounds of war on the campaign website. Share the e-cards with your membership, subscribers and stakeholders to say thank you to a veteran.

Bloggers Roundtable:

At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, Real Warriors profilees Maj. Ed Pulido (U.S. Army, ret.) and Army Capt. Josh Mantz will participate in a DoD Bloggers’ Roundtable with Mr. Ken MacGarrigle from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office for Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF). Pulido, Mantz and MacGarrigle will discuss the importance of seeking early intervention for the invisible wounds of war as well as the tools and resources available to veterans and their families. Partners can participate in the event by calling 1-800-882-3610 (passcode 8648754#).

Public Service Announcements:

Sharing stories and knowledge lets all warriors know that they are not alone in coping with an invisible wound. Campaign PSAs of Army veteran Maj. Ed Pulido and Medal of Honor Recipients, as well as other Service members featured on the campaign website openly break down the barriers to care for the invisible wounds of war. Visit www.realwarriors.net/multimedia to view the videos or download them to add to your website or use at Veterans Day events.

Featured Articles and Resources:

The website currently includes 60 articles targeted toward active duty Service members, members of the National Guard and Reserve, veterans, families and health professionals. We regularly update the website with new content and will be adding two articles entitled “Ways to Thank a Vet” and “Ways to Thank a Guard and Reserve Vet” over the next two weeks. Some of our most frequently viewed veteran articles include:

Message Boards:

Talking about the invisible wounds of war openly breaks down barriers to care and creates new opportunity for healing. This month, Maj. Ed Pulido is hosting a discussion on the campaign’s message boards about tips, tools and resources available to help warriors transitioning from the military to civilian life. Partners can engage with Maj. Pulido and other visitors by joining the conversation online.

Social Media:

Partners can disseminate social media messages such as the ones suggested below through Facebook and Twitter to encourage help-seeking behavior among Service members, veterans and their families.


Do you know a Veteran? Send a FREE Real Warriors Campaign e-card to celebrate and support their resilience. Available for each service and veterans: http://j.mp/RWecards

Real Warriors Campaign offers tools and tips to help veterans identify treatment resources or new coping skills to manage stress: http://j.mp/aXIDhw

The Real Warriors Campaign will host a real-time, online Q&A with veteran Maj. Ed Pulido this month! Follow updates at: www.facebook.com/realwarriors.

WATCH his story of resilience here: http://j.mp/WATCHMajPulido.

Make YOUR transition to civilian life as easy as possible. See a NEW set of articles from the Real Warriors Campaign about transition benefits, services and support for veterans and their  families offered by VA: http://j.mp/VAbenefits

#Veterans: Read how @realwarriors Maj. Ed Pulido made the transition to civilian life. Share your tips here http://j.mp/MajPulido

Thank your #veteran for their service with a FREE @realwarriors e-card: http://j.mp/RWecards. Show your Service member you care.

#Veteran in transition? Healthcare, Compensation, Pension and Other VA Benefits explained: http://j.mp/VAbenefits

@realwarriors show real courage in fighting #PTSD. See video profiles from the Army, Navy, Marines & Air Force: http://j.mp/RWstories

@realwarriors fighting real battles with #PTSD. See profiles from active Service members with invisible wounds: http://j.mp/RWstories

Publication, E-newsletter or Blog Announcement: ~ 300 Words

Partners can write an article, e-newsletter or blog to highlight the resources available through the campaign and DCoE Outreach Center. A sample announcement is suggested below.

As part of its efforts to facilitate the resilience, reintegration and recovery of Service members, veterans and military families experiencing the invisible wounds of war, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury’s (DCoE’s) Real Warriors Campaign provides numerous resources for veterans and Service members. This November, the campaign is highlighting veteran resources and events to honor those who have served.

The Real Warriors Campaign website at www.realwarriors.net features articles, tools, and information to help Service members, veterans and family members coping with invisible wounds. The website also features campaign PSAs and profiles of Army veteran Maj. Ed Pulido and Medal of Honor Recipients, as well as other Service members who are letting other warriors know they are not alone in coping with the invisible wounds of war. By sharing their personal stories, these Real Warriors are proving to their fellow Service members and veterans that reaching out for help makes a difference and is a sign of strength.

The Real Warriors Campaign makes reaching out easy. The website includes a live chat feature (http://www.realwarriors.net/livechat) which any Service member, veteran, family member or health care provider can utilize to connect confidentially with the DCoE Outreach Center for psychological health and traumatic brain injury information and resources. The DCoE Outreach Center can also be accessed tool-free 24/7 at 866-966-1020 or by e-mail at resources@dcoeoutreach.org. Service members, veterans, families and health professionals can also connect with each other through the campaign’s message boards (http://www.realwarriors.net/forum).