The U.S. Army Asked Its Twitter Followers How Serving Has Impacted Them

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Thousands responded and it is gut-wrenching.

On Thursday, only days before Memorial Day, the U.S. Army posted a video to their Twitter of a young soldier, Pfc. Nathan Spencer. In it, Spencer says the Army has given him the opportunity to “serve something greater than [himself]” and that serving in the military has afforded him the opportunity to “better [himself] as a man and a warrior.”

The video is convincing. Spencer is a healthy-looking young man who is obviously motivated and ready to serve. He is an embodiment of the war hero image we hold in our collective mind. We want to cheer him on, give him a handshake, and thank him for his service. Had the Army only posted that video, Twitter might have accepted the message and moved on.

But then, the Army asked its followers a question: “How has serving impacted you?”

Thousands of people responded and they tell a much darker story of what it’s like to serve in the military.

Veterans, social workers, wives, parents, friends, brothers and sisters shared stories of suffering: PTSD, physical wounds, suicides, racism, sexism, abandonment, and the list, unfortunately, goes on and on.

 

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