As the former Fort Meade garrison commander, I knew that my decades in uniform took some kind of toll on me. I also hesitated to reach out. Like so many other service members and civilians, I was confronted with the stigma of asking for help. With my experiences as a soldier assigned to Fort Meade and NSA, as well as deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, I was no stranger to the many sides of this stigma. It wasn’t until this 2011 assignment as the Fort Meade garrison commander, however, that I unexpectedly found myself referring some of my service members to resources for drug and alcohol treatment, stress management, treatment of depression, instruction in healthy living and family counseling.