These Responses From Vets To A Memorial Day Tweet By The U.S. Army Are Utterly Devastating

On Memorial Day, we remember the ultimate sacrifice by members of our armed forces to preserve the freedoms and liberties of our country.

And remembering their sacrifice carries with it a responsibility to understand its long-reaching impacts and not to candy-coat the truth in the name of patriotism.

*Content warning: mentions of violence, death, trauma, suicide and sexual assault*

The U. S. Army posted to Twitter asking veterans what impact their time in the military had on their lives.

"How has serving impacted you?"

The intention was likely good, meaning to honor those who served, but a bulk of the responses were probably not what the Army had in mind.

Many responses talked about the toll on the mental and physical health of those who serve, even when they do make it back home.

The trauma and sacrifice wasn't always related to combat.

Agent Orange has had a horrible impact on many lives too.

Many who made it home still couldn't reconcile civilian life with their time in service, and their loved ones lost them anyway.

Many people who read through the thread were horrified by what they read.

Several were thankful for the people speaking out, as the suffering experiences by those who serve is often only talked about in hushed voices in private spaces.

The Army acknowledged the torrent of negative responses to their tweet, and urged anyone currently in crisis to reach out.

Several people pointed out that a phone number is not enough, and doesn't absolve the armed forces of responsibility to care for those who served.

As well as their duty to defend and honor the service of their LGBTQ servicemembers, regardless of the religious beliefs of any members of the executive branch.

While the current system is wholly insufficient, crisis lines like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline listed in the U. S. Army's tweet are there to help anyone in crisis.

If a phone call isn't going to be helpful, the Lifeline also has an online chat option at

Dating and the search for love and companionship... What a nightmare.

This journey plays out nothing like in the movies.

Every Prince or Princess (or everything in BTW) seems to have a touch of the psycho.

The things people say during what should be simple dinner conversation can leave a dining partner aghast.

Like... do you hear you?

Redditor detroit_michigldan wanted to discuss all the best ways to crash and burn when trying to make a romantic connection. They asked:

"You're on a date and it's going really great. What can another person say to ruin it completely?"
Keep reading... Show less
People Explain What Instantly Makes Them Dislike Someone
gabrielle_cc from Pixabay

When we first meet someone–whether through mutual friends, at school, or in a new work setting–we generally feel people out to determine if they're worth getting to know.

Keep reading... Show less
People Break Down The Dumbest Thing They Believed As A Child
Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash

Children tend to believe just about anything they hear.

That there are monsters under your bed, watching too much TV will make your head explode, and silly faces will be permanent if you make them too often.

The sky is truly the limit when it comes to silly things that children will believe.

Some call it naivitée, other's youthful innocence.

But it's hard not to look back with embarrassment on certain things we believed as a child, that today might simply seem dumb.

Redditor Disastrous_Toe_6548 was curious to learn the multitude of silly things people believed when they were children, leading them to ask:

"What's the dumbest thing you believed as a kid?"

Keep reading... Show less