Karen Guenther

Founder & Executive Director
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

"Assisting with Combat Stress is vital in helping Marines, Sailors, and their families cope with post-deployment issues. We are proud to be a part of this effort.

After viewing "Commitment and Sacrifice", a film based on an Army unit¹s experiences in Vietnam and Iraq, by Award winning producer, Norman Lloyd, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund quickly realized that a documentary addressing combat stress needed to be made specifically for OEF/OIF Marines, Sailors, and their families.

The purpose of "Cover Me" is to increase awareness of combat operational stress, so that service members and their families are able to deal openly with post deployment issues. "Cover Me" addresses the effects of combat stress and informs veterans that combat stress is a normal response. Key messages in the film are taking care of each other and asking for help if needed.

The film's title and its contents reflect the Marine Corps' belief of "taking care of their own" as its leadership steps forward in the film to address combat stress directly with in-depth interviews from: General James T. Conway (Commandant of the Marine Corps); General James N. Mattis (Commander, US Joint Forces Command); Sergeant Major Carlton W. Kent (Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps); Sergeant Major Evans McBride and additional interviews of Marines and Sailors who have experienced combat operational stress. The wide range of interviews reflects the Marine Corps' dedication to ensuring that the welfare of their fellow Marines is enhanced through a greater understanding of combat operational stress.

For questions related to combat operational stress, please call the Wounded Warrior Regiment Call Center at 1-877-487-6299. The Regiment has a Psychological Heath Team with licensed clinical consultants on call 24hours, 7 days per week.

To our service members and families - I hope you take the time to watch this DVD, and that you find it helpful. As a nurse, I know how vital this information is to you and your families. Please reach out if you or someone you know needs help. Help is within your reach, whether it's your Chaplain, unit commanders, or through the mental health teams. As you watch the video, you will see that General Conway, General Mattis, Sgt Major Kent, and Sgt Major Evans McBride say that getting help is the right thing to do."