JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – JBLM leaders will host the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) Real Warriors Campaign and four former NFL players for a Real Warriors Campaign Game Day event Sunday. The Game Day event will be held at the Nelson Recreation Center and is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., before the Denver Bronco – San Diego Chargers NFL playoff game.
Reintegration challenges facing Service members
During the Game Day event former NFL players Damon Huard, George Wrighster, Samie Parker and Ricardo McDonald will join Soldiers, Airmen and their families to socialize and discuss common reintegration challenges facing service members as well as the resources available to address them, and then watch the Broncos vs. Chargers.
The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has partnered with the DCoE Real Warriors Campaign to show service members and veterans that its members appreciate warriors’ service to our country and care about their psychological health and wellness.
The Real Warriors Campaign and the NFL Players Association encourage all warriors who are experiencing psychological health concerns to reach out for care and support and to access available resources.
Real Warrior Campaign History
The Real Warriors Campaign, launched in 2009, is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members and veterans coping with invisible wounds.
The campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to eliminate the stigma that was identified in the 2007 Mental Health Task Force Report and encourage help-seeking behavior for invisible wounds.
The Real Warriors Campaign is sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.