May is a special month for our nation's military: it is Military Appreciation Month, and includes Armed Forces Day on May 19th and Memorial Day on May 28th. The Real Warriors Campaign is grateful to America's service members and veterans, and appreciates the sacrifices they make every day. To express our appreciation, and in keeping with our mission to encourage service members with invisible wounds to seek help and support, we are offering resources especially for the military for Mental Health Month, which is also observed in May.
Encourage the warriors in your life to reach out for support. Send them one of our service-specific e-cards and let them know you care.
It can be difficult for families to stay in touch or feel connected when a parent is deployed. With the use of online programs, families can maintain regular, private communication. Deployed parents can use online private chats and networks to interact with their children and assist their children with the adjustments associated with having a deployed parent. These sites can reinforce a parent's bond while away through creative, collaborative activities such as online scrapbooking, artwork and composing music.
Deployment or mobilization can be particularly challenging for children of National Guardsmen and reservists because they may not have the same community support system and resources that are available to active-duty families that live near or on a military installation. This article discusses ways that members of the National Guard and reserve and their families can help children cope with separation before and during deployment.
Now Trending on Facebook: How would you help a friend adjusting after deployment?
Do you have advice on how to help a friend adjusting to post-deployment life? Post your tip now on the Real Warriors Campaign Facebook wall. Throughout May, we'll be welcoming home service members on Facebook and asking you to share tips to help these warriors reintegrate. Check out this advice from fans on helping friends adjust home after combat:
The Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to U.S. military personnel and their families affected by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization consists of a network of volunteer mental health providers who donate an hour of their time each week to provide these free services. Recently, Give an Hour was one of five winners honored at the one-year anniversary of the White House's Joining Forces Community Challenge to support and honor America's service members and their families. Visit Give an Hour's website to learn more about the organization's latest achievement.
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The Real Warriors Campaign is looking for new profilees for our video profiles, which spotlight stories of real service members who have reached out for support or sought treatment and are continuing to maintain successful military or civilian careers. If this sounds like you, share your story with the Real Warriors Campaign.