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

Image by Nika Akin from Pixabay

We've all said something stupid, let's not lie to ourselves.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Nebraska Department of Education from Pixabay

The advice "fake it til you make it," though often said with at least a hint of sarcasm, does carry quite a bit of wisdom.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

I'm going to be perfectly honest––I'm a city boy. I'm not a huge fan of hiking or camping. I happen to be a huge fan of running water. Have you heard of it? It's great. Highly recommended.

I've also, on a more humorous note, watched far too many horror films over the years and don't particularly like idea of running off into the woods only to piss off some demon that was perfectly fine until I arrived. I also have immense respect for our friendly neighborhood serial killers and demonstrate this regularly by staying out of their territory.

Those who love the great outdoors had plenty to share after Redditor Your_Normal_Loser asked the online community, "

Hikers of Reddit, what is the weirdest or creepiest thing you've come across while hiking?"
Keep reading... Show less

Time is of the essence. And time is not definable. Those are lessons we learn as we get older; as times passes and fluctuates in front of us.

Time is always fleeting yet always catches up to us. I find myself shocked when I wake up on certain days and realize I'm a particular age of my parent that sticks out for me.

Like, how did that happen? I guess I should just be thankful I'm still here to witness it all.

Redditor u/TW1103 wanted to discuss the meaning... of time and all of its affects by asking:

What fact really puts the scale of time into an insane perspective?
Keep reading... Show less