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About Real Warriors
While many warriors returning from Iraq or Afghanistan report reintegration challenges, research shows only a minority seek mental health care. To address this gap and encourage warriors to get care for invisible wounds, DoD launched the Real Warriors Campaign in 2009. The campaign connects warriors and families to available resources through a variety of channels or networks, including traditional and social media, conferences/events, partners and a mobile-friendly website www.realwarriors.net.
Service members, National Guardsmen and reservists, veterans, military spouses, military kids and health professionals.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
“If you or someone you know is in crisis help is a phone call away: 1-800-273-8255, press 1.” We would never shorten this message, because we want to remind those who may be in crisis that they are not alone and help is available anytime, anywhere.
Why'd you start tweeting?
The Real Warriors Campaign launched in 2009. We started tweeting the same year to start reaching warriors, veterans and their families on Twitter and spread the message that reaching out for help makes a real difference.
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Multimedia is compelling and we’ve seen it change people’s lives for the better. We imagine Twitter becoming more interactive providing users with a more visual experience.