Victoria Lemle Beckner, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and Researcher
University of California at San Francisco
"Combat Stress is a normal human response to the extraordinary challenges that face every Marine. When a person is confronted with a series of intense, life-threatening experiences during war, there is always a powerful psychological response that he or she cannot control, and which deeply affects the brain and mind. The good news is that over the last decade or so, we have developed a number of short-term interventions for Combat Stress that are proven to be very effective. We know how to help individuals tap into their natural resiliency and heal from these wounds. But the key is to get help sooner, rather than later, before the symptoms and problems become entrenched. COVER ME is about making sure Marines help themselves and each other to address Combat Stress before it turns into a more serious condition. This is how Marines can remain strong and healthy for their family and fellow Marines."