The US Army probably expected an influx of patriotic replies when it asked for testimonies about people’s service. Instead, Twitter offered disturbing stories of debilitating injuries, mental health problems and suicide.
It all began with a a video of a soldier who told the camera he joined to serve “something greater than myself.” The army, the featured soldier said, had given him the opportunity to “give to others” and better himself “as a man and a lawyer.”
How has serving impacted you?
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 23, 2019
The Army then made the mistake of asking Twitter at large for their thoughts.
That was where the patriotism ended. The account was quickly inundated with responses from former service members and their families — and they make for some seriously disturbing reading.
From damaged mental health and suicide, friends lost to war, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), nightmares and life-changing injuries, almost none of the responses were positive.
I didn’t serve but my brother did
he never went to war but still shot himself in the head so
— penni on the move (@Pennijj) May 24, 2019
“Three generations of emotional trauma and instability.”
“…the 4th of July is a nightmare…”
I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety, depression and PTSD. I’m almost obsessed with cleaning, I hate crowds, the 4th of July is a nightmare..
— Montag451 (@JasonRoss70) May 24, 2019
“…omnipresent feeling that I’ve taken part in great evil and been truly duped.”
Best friend killed himself, PTSD from Iraq, daily anxiety, chronic depression, nightmares, omnipresent feeling that I've taken part in great evil and been truly duped.
— Henry Stamper (@cigarettes4kids) May 24, 2019
“I can’t pick up my kids from my back pain.”
I can’t pick up my kids from my back pain
— Captain First Class Dastardly (@hbadger26) May 24, 2019
“I’m filled with rage at all times.”
I’m filled with rage at all times, I drink too much, and if I ran into Dick Cheney on the street I would end up in prison for a long time
— Winstrol mandela (@WinstrolM) May 24, 2019
— Sturm (@wvrginyn) May 24, 2019
For one former member, serving showed him “how f*cked up our system truly is” and guided him “down the path to socialism.”
Read the rest here: https://www.rt.com/usa/460211-us-army-service-impacted-twitter/