Our friends at the Real Warriors campaign have been doing great work creating resources for servicemembers, veterans, and their families to use when dealing with emotional or psychological issues.
Now they’re making sure our warriors know that these tools exist and that they have access to them any time of day – and that it’s just as important to be psychologically strong as it is to be physically strong.
Warriors train their bodies to build physical strength and resilience. To be at peak performance, though, it is equally important to use available tools and resources to build and maintain psychological strength, as warriors and their family members explain in this profile.
If you are a Real Warrior and would like to share your story with the Real Warriors Campaign, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you’re not tired of the surprise homecoming videos yet, here’s another one. An Army Captain surprised her daughter on the football field during a game at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
There’s been some interesting discussions in the military family and spouse community about surprise homecomings and homecoming videos. Do you think they’re giving milkids false expectations or confusing them? Or do you enjoy them for what they seem to be- an honest display of excitement, happiness and love?
The National Military Spouse Network is hosting their annual Military Spouse Career Summit October 18-19, with pre-summit sessions taking place October 17. Events include panels on effective communication, goal setting tools, transitioning through a PCS move and more.
And if you’re in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area on October 19, stop by the Military Spouse Small Works Art Exhibition and Sale (open to the public) at The Mary M. Gates Learning Center, 701 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. The exhibit is open 4:30-7:40 p.m. and the awards are at 6 p.m.
The theme for the military spouse art show is “Together We Serve” and all the pieces fit into one of the following categories for judging:
Each month, StoryCorpsMilitary Voices Initiative celebrates and honors the stories of the 2.4 million men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 10 years. These stories are shared on the StoryCorps site, and broadcast on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday each month.
StoryCorps shared a story about hotline responders from the Veterans Crisis Line that came together to discuss their work as part of StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative:
“When you have a 19 or 20-year old who wants to die, that is totally heartbreaking.”
Suicide in the military is a growing concern and in 2012, more troops died by their own hand than in combat.
There are men and women devoted to helping veterans through their darkest hours. They work at the Veterans Crisis Line, the national suicide prevention hotline run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Four of them sat down for StoryCorps to talk about their most memorable calls.