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PsychArmor: Educating civilians about military life

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On Veterans Day, PsychArmor, a local nonprofit is continuing its work to educate civilians about military life.

A free online course, created by veterans, teaches the public how to better understand and honor a marine, sailor, soldier, airman, without offending or overlooking their service.

“I do think that the majority of us feel a responsibility to serve those that do when they come home, but we don't know how. Taking the time to understand that they are a unique set of people that give so much that they sacrifice so much," said PsychArmor CEO Marjorie Morrison.

The one-hour course goes through five questions to ask veterans. It’s designed to teach the public to engage with veterans in any setting, even at a local Starbucks.

The five questions are:

  1. Did you serve?
  2. What branch?
  3. Did you deploy?
  4. What was your best day?
  5. What was your worst day?

By asking the above five questions, one can avoid the 15 that veterans want civilians to not assume.

For example, not all have PTSD, or have killed someone. Also, not all of them are soldiers.

“These were things that they really want Americans to know: Don’t stereotype us, this is who we are,” said Morrison.

Morrison and her team of clinically trained specialists believe that by taking the one-hour course, civilians can learn more about a veteran than just a “thank you for your service.”

“We can make a huge impact in veterans’ lives, homelessness, suicide and employment. We are the ones that can make the difference for them,” said Morrison.

The PsychArmor Institute has teamed up with several military partners including the V.A. and the Department of Defense.

The PsychArmor Institute has a call center and online courses for anyone who wants to help support veterans.

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