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US Army issued a tweet in front of Memorial Day weekend with a question to service members and veterans: "How has serving affected you?"
Among the thousands of answers: Harrowing tales of trauma, depression and sexual assault.
In a thread, an Army tweet that preceded the question highlighted a video of Pfc. Nathan Spencer, a scout with the army's first infantry division.
In the video, Spencer says, "To make something bigger than myself. The army has given me the opportunity to do just that to give others protection for them. I love and improve myself as a man and a warrior." 19659011] Shortly after the US Army tweeted its question, thousands of answers began to flood. Many people tweeted about the positive impact the military service had on their lives, but other posted stories of post-traumatic stress disorder, disease and suicide caused by the experience of seeing the life cycle of sexual assault in the military.
A man replied, "How has serving affected me? Ask my family." He wrote about a "Combat Cocktail" that included "PTSD, severe depression, anxiety. Isolation. Suicide attempt. Never ceases rage."
"Combat Cocktail": PTSD, severe depression, anxiety. Isolation. Suicide attempts. Never ending anger. It cost me my relationship with my eldest son and my grandson. It cost some of my men so much more.
How has serving affected me? Ask my family.
– Sean P. (@ SeanP_75) May 26, 2019
Another person wrote, "After 15 years I was kicked out after showing clear signs of PTSD and depression. & # 39; work in society because of my major depressive disorder So now what? " After 15 years I was kicked out after showing clear signs of PTSD and depression. Now I can't work in society because of my great depressive disorder.
So now what?
– Cory Schabacker (@CorySchabacker) May 26, 2019
Reply to the US Army Twitter post now Number more than 11,000.
Many women reacted with stories of sexual harassment and assault while serving in the military. You wrote about suffering from depression and anxiety, and said she still couldn't cope with loud noises. I was assaulted by one of my superiors. When I reported him with witnesses to confirm my story, nothing happened to him. A year later he stole a laptop and was then demoted. I'm worth less than a laptop. "Depression, anxiety, still can't do well with loud noises. I was assaulted by one of my superiors. When I reported him with witnesses to confirm my story, nothing happened to him. One year later, he stole a laptop and was then demoted. I'm worth less than a laptop.
– schmox (@IvoryGazelle) May 25, 2019