When the Army’s highest-ranking noncommissioned officer responsible for the well-being of more than 80 percent of the force shares his personal story with behavioral health care, it is a large step towards destigmatization.

“I have overcome a lot of the challenges that military life brings,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler, who visited the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families last week to discuss how to better assist transitioning soldiers and their families.

“Today, I’m a better person, father and husband—and that makes me a better soldier.”

Changing the military perception of seeking help of any kind, […]