Role-play simulation
for military families


In less than an hour, you'll learn:

  • What to expect when your Veteran comes home
  • How to identify post-deployment stress
  • What to say and how to say it
  • Where to find support services near you

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Made freely available to the families and friends of Ohio veterans and servicemembers by the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

About Family of Heroes

Family of Heroes is an online evidence-based resiliency & PTSD training simulation where family members learn essential skills to manage the challenges they may face in adjusting to post-deployment life. This includes managing expectations from their veteran's return, learning to identify post-deployment stress, and managing conversations with the goals of de-escalating arguments, negotiating family responsibilities, and, if needed, motivating the veteran to seek help for post-deployment stress, PTSD, or thoughts of suicide.

Based on Kognito's proprietary simulation technology and behavior change methodology, the virtual humans act and respond like real Veterans experiencing post-deployment stress, thereby providing users with hands-on practice within a realistic and risk-free learning environment.

The simulation is a result of a collaboration between the VA of NY/NJ and Kognito, with feedback from over 100 family members around the country. Since its launch in November 2011, it has been disseminated by the Air Force Space Command, Rocky Mountain MIRECC, and numerous state and non-profit agencies. The simulation is listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

For any questions regarding licensing Family of Heroes, please contact 212-675-9234 or

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