Warrior Spirit Mission Homefront (www.missionhomefront.com) is an evidence-based interactive card deck, a first of its kind reintegration tool, developed by and for the members of the Profession of Arms in order to provide you with an immediate bridge of understanding, connection and meaning, easing the complex and difficult mission of reintegration and transition back into family and community life. Welcome home.
Warrior Spirit contains 400 questions and interactions which provide a vital opportunity for Service Members to communicate, process and share unique experiences of deployment as you build trust with your partners, family and friends in an enjoyable, interactive, private and reflective manner.
These interactive communication decks have proven to offer refuge, hope and healing to those who have so courageously and faithfully served our country. By offering a tool of substance that serves as a catalyst that allows Service Members to open up among fellow military men and women, as well as among their family members, Warrior Spirit Mission Homefront presents an opportunity to prevent and/or delay issues of mental health among Veterans, as well as to prevent suicide.
There are two versions:
Warrior Spirit / Mission Homefront original version is designed for Warrior to Warrior (Veterans groups, military bases, within units, etc.), Warrior and Community (friends, old and new), and for use by Warriors with their families (15+).
Warrior Spirit / Mission Homefront for Couples provides a vital opportunity for Service Members and their partners to quickly reconnect, and to reclaim their bond and relationship. Warrior Spirit / Mission Homefront for Couples is designed to help the military couple to navigate and reflect on their unique journey, and to assist them in being a source of inspiration, encouragement, joy, cooperation, support and comfort for one another.
It has been well documented that relationship instability is a major contributing factor to poor readjustment upon a Service Member’s return. Warrior Spirit / Mission Homefront and Warrior Spirit / Mission Homefront For Couples were created to bridge these gaps in easily accessible, private and tangible ways. Each of the questions in this deck is an opportunity to allow the Veteran to tell their story, let their defenses dissolve, and open to relationships with other participants. The reflective questions and interactions facilitate self-awareness and communication, invite spontaneity, provide support, and are an outlet through which the Service Member can share what they have been through.
In a recent evidence based research study conducted with 299 National Guard active duty Service Members utilizing Warrior Spirit Mission Homefront, 88% stated that they preferred the peer to peer interaction rather than being spoken to by an expert, 85% of those surveyed stated that they would recommend Warrior Spirit to others, 82% felt they were more open to listening and understanding, 82% stated they would want to participate again, 82% felt playing Warrior Spirit was beneficial for them, 82% felt Warrior Spirit helped them to express themselves in helpful ways, 80% felt utilizing Warrior Spirit made them feel more willing to reach out, etc.
“I avoided playing the Warrior Spirit game for months because seeing it was a “game” I thought it was kind of a goofy way for war veterans to deal with some very deep issues. After finally playing Warrior Spirit I was AMAZED at how useful I think it could be for most war veterans. The Warrior Spirit game is the most useful tool I have seen in fostering communication between returning veterans and their family members. I would strongly recommend the game to all returning veterans, and I would insist that struggling veterans engage in the game. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come to an end, our nation faces an even greater challenge, and that is the care and treatment of the thousands of veterans who suffer psychologically after their combat experiences. The Warrior Spirit game is on the front line of this very important mission.”
In July of 2003, while assigned to a Delta Force team in Tikrit, Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox worked as an interrogator to gather intelligence to track down individuals on the infamous “Deck of Cards”. Since 9/11, Eric conducted over 2,700 interrogations while deployed eight times in support of the Global War On Terrorism, to include multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe. He conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003, while assigned to the Joint Special Operations Task Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Eric is the Recipient of the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director’s Award.
“I absolutely love playing Warrior Spirit with my significant other. I spent almost seven years as an Army Medic. Although I loved nearly every minute of it, the results after service manifested in the forms of depression, anxiety, reclusiveness, angered temperament, and other stereotypical forms of “post traumatic stress”. Very quickly, the Warrior Spirit Reintegration game has provided an intimate connection between my significant other and I that I personally have never shared or felt with anyone. Vulnerability is not easy to submit to, but with Warrior Spirit that level of personal exposure has become sought after. I have shared some of my most fond and least favored memories of deployment, not with reluctance, but with security and confidence. The conversations that we have had through this game gives both of us a more in depth understanding of who we are as individuals, and who we are together. We are able to share some of our innermost thoughts, fears, passions, and experiences in a safe environment at a fluid pace. Warrior Spirit has opened us to new levels of connection and I fall deeper and deeper into love, security, support, understanding, empathy, and trust. This is more than a game. This is a tool for healthy relationships.
Dave Ramos, 7 years Army Medic
“Military couples struggle to connect after years of separations and misunderstandings. Often left to unproductively fight over whose experience was more significant, couples need a way to slow down their conversations and find respectful ways to connect again. Warrior Spirit- Mission Homefront is a fantastic tool for couples to have difficult conversations in a safe, playful, and fun way. It removes defensiveness, provides scripted questions, and gives couples a chance to finally experience a moment to connect in a powerful way. I recommend Warrior Spirit Mission Homefront for those who have not been able to have tough conversations about deployment and combat, for those who struggle to share or describe difficult memories, and as a way for couples to mutually understand the experiences they both had.”
Corie B. Weathers, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
2015 Armed Forces Ins. Military Spouse of the Year
Host of Lifegiver Military Spouse Podcast