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Army's tweet asking soldiers how service has impacted them prompts heartbreaking responses
A post on Twitter from the U.S. Army asking former soldiers how serving has impacted them drew harrowing and heartbreaking responses, showing the human impact service and deployment has on veterans.
The U.S. Army asked Thursday night for responses to the seemingly benign question that has since elicited more than 10,000 responses as of Sunday.
While some answers from former service members were filled with fond memories and instances of growth and pride, an overwhelming amount discussed in detail struggles with mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide.
Many of the responses detailed the difficult transition for service members when they returned home from combat or exited the military and returned to their lives as civilians.
The Army responded to its post late Saturday with a follow-up tweet thanking everyone who responded.
"Thank you for sharing your story," the Army wrote. "Your stories are real, they matter, and they may help others in similar situations. The Army is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our Soldiers."
At least one response thanked the Army for asking the question and starting the thread, saying it raises much-needed awareness of the sacrifice service members make.