WASHINGTON - Many service members return home from the battlefield facing a host of serious challenges.
They can easily become disconnected and overwhelmed, making becoming reacquainted with everyday life difficult.
But Retired Staff Sergeant Andrew Bachelder says the health of the warrior community can be strengthened by staying connected to other warriors.
Bachelder joined us Monday to talk about 'Operation Warrior Call,' a non-profit mission that works to reinforce the importance of staying connected to your battle buddies after deploying home.
Bachelder said he struggled with depression and even suicide attempts, after his deployment to Iraq. He said that after a helicopter accident brought him home, reconnecting to other warriors played a major part in getting his life back together.
"Make a phone call a week to warrior and stay in contact and tell the truth about how you're actually doing," Bachelder said. He said that more veterans need to be man enough to say that they have problems that they need help with.
"If you're in the depths you can still rise and become a champion," he said.
You can help Operation Warrior Call by clicking here: http://www.troopsfirstfoundation.org/operation-warrior-call/