Asking the hard questions

Ensuring a Soldier's overall well-being sometimes means leaders and battle buddies must go the extra mile and even dive into sensitive subjects headfirst if they sense something may be wrong. Changes in behavior are a major sign that a Soldier may have a behavioral health issue, said Maj. Paul Weberg, chaplain for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team "Ironhorse," 1st Cavalry Division. Noticing these changes comes from building relationships with Soldiers. "It is up to the first-line supervisor to ask the hard questions," said Weberg. "(Like), 'Hey how are you making ends meet with all your financial responsibilities? How often do you drink (alcohol)? Do you rely on that to go to bed at night?' Just asking the hard, uncomfortable questions, that's part of invasive leadership." (U.S. Army photo illustration by Spc. Paige Behringer, 1BCT PAO, 1st Cavalry Division)

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