It was undoubtedly meant to induce a flood of nostalgic, patriotic, reminders and pride.
"How has serving affected you?" tweeted US Army. The example they gave was of Pfc. Nathan Spencer spoke of his opportunity to make something bigger than himself.
But what was left was a flood of pain and sorrow.
Among the more than 10,000 responses, predominantly narrative stories – post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), family tragic deaths, complete inability to function in daily life – were just among those who remained Stateside.
"Lemme believes," wrote one. "I did not serve but my brother he never went to war but still shot in the head so" wrote a discharged responder. "He was the sweetest most precious person I will ever know and the US Army destroyed him."
There was more.
"Oh wait, I have another brother who also served without fighting," said the same comment. "He has been upset paranoid and violent forty years ago, and I don't even know where he is or if he is still alive and the stories he told FROM THE STATE PAGE."
The collective answer also painted a bleak picture of the destruction wars on those who do it.
It was also a look at how undercurrent veterans are in the US when their service is complete, USA Today reported.
Fewer than half of the 20 million veterans in the United States receive VA benefits or services, the United States said today ̵
The suicide suicide is one and a half times that of non-veterans, USA Today reported, with more than 6,000 taking their lives annually between 2008 and 2016.
Numerous responses came not only from those who had earned overseas but also from relatives w Ho had seen and suffered the aftermath of their loved ones trauma.
"My cousin committed suicide while I was on guard at the porch after coming home from a trip abroad," wrote a responder.
"My brother-in-law tried to kill his brother after tapping his shoulder because of having a look back from being in Afghanistan at a children's party …, one wrote while another said," My cousin killed almost her mother's first night back when she came in to wake him up the next morning. PTSD is a bitch. "
Then there were mysteries, like this one from 2005.
" LaVena Johnson, from St. Louis, coming back in a suitcase and her family did not know why, "wrote a responder." She had a gunshot, and the army tried to assume it was self-inflicted. Her parents do not agree. "
After three days, the army proclaimed condolences, thanks, and offerings of help." "To all who responded to this thread, thank you for sharing your story," wrote the army after the answer string. "Your stories are genuine, matters, and they can help others in similar situations. The army is committed to the health, safety and well-being of our soldiers. As we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice this weekend by remembering their service, we are also aware that we must take care of those who came home with scars we cannot see. "
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