As of June of 2014, there were over 21 million living veterans in the United States according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. This figure, considering the population of the United States, certainly makes the occupation significant. The dynamics of war, and the soldiers that fight them, have some parallels to the dynamics of living with chronic mental illness while trying to manage a vocation. If you have depression, you have been battling a war of your own and this certainly makes you a soldier. It doesn’t matter what branch you serve in or what the political climate is at the time, there are universal concepts and standard operating procedures for how soldiers should prepare for battle and execute what they have learned in order to get their jobs done. Soldiers fighting the war on depression are not very different.