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Veterans Share Painful Stories of Life After Combat

"I am tired of getting phone calls telling me that my friends have killed themselves." These veterans want an honest conversation about life after combat.

Veterans Share Their Stories of Survival

About 7,000 troops have been killed in American wars abroad since 2001 based on Brown University’s “Costs of War Project” While, more than 7,500 uniformed and retired military personnel of Veterans Affairs took their lives in 2018 alone according to the Department. That's over 20 suicides per day. That's one every 65 minutes. There are approximately 20 million veterans in the United States, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, but fewer than half receive VA benefits or services.

The video was offered as a positive affirmation of military life – however, the #survivor stories told in the Twitter thread were mixed. Some replied in support, stating that military service is “something to be proud of.” Others shared deeply disturbing stories about their own personal struggles returning from war. Others talked about family members suffering from PTSD and substance abuse. They also shared true events of soldiers who died by suicide. The U.S. Army Twitter page replied and thanked the military members and their families for sharing the stories.

It was meant to be part of a social media tribute to U.S. servicemen and women. Yet the U.S. Army's tweet received thousands of harrowing answers by veterans and their families. Now, these veterans have decided to break the silence and add to the subject psychology. Five years after the 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs scandal over massive wait times, veterans are still denouncing a broken system meant to help them. Today, veteran suicides far outpace combat fatalities.

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06/05/2019 6:12 PMupdated: 06/06/2019 9:42 PM
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  • Brut
    06/05/2019 18:28

    Can’t afford auto repairs? Not a problem — this Army vet fixes them up at no charge. 🔧28

  • Brut
    06/05/2019 19:10

    Veterans who need help can call the VA crisis line at 800-273-8255 and select option 1. They can also send a text message to 838255, or chat with counselors online. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/veterans/

  • Korey C.
    06/05/2019 21:33

    But AOC says the VA is a shining example of government run health care!!

  • Barbara A.
    06/06/2019 02:05

    I served in the Army for 5 years but I am thankful that I did not have to go through what all of you are going through. I am on anti-depressants but look back on my service time with loving/happy memories. I was in from 58 to 63. The Viet Nam war started when I was in Germany but when i got back to the States and had one year left I tried to volunteer to go to Viet Nam but they would not let women go over there then. My heart goes out to all of you who are suffering PTSD and I hope you continue to fight your demons as there has to be better days ahead for all of you!! Hopefully the sun will come out and shine for all of you. God be with you and bless all of you. Thank you for your service!!!!!

  • Ajmir K.
    06/06/2019 08:57

    Join islam and take peace

  • علي ج.
    06/06/2019 14:16

    https://youtu.be/BgGtUVbFbH0

  • علي ج.
    06/06/2019 14:16

    Do you have something of humanity

  • علي ج.
    06/06/2019 14:16

    This is a form of disregard for human rights and aggressive behavior towards helpless communities and individuals. This is the approach that Britain has taken for more than a century, which began to present its facts to people recently because of the multiplicity of means of communication and the transfer of news after it was hidden from the knowledge and knowledge of the world community and for a very long time.

  • Richard L.
    06/06/2019 21:01

    I have guilt. Depression, anxiety, and not wanting to be around people. Had jobs that I walk away from because of rage. I am a alcoholic and I self medicated myself for over 30 years. I have lived with PTSD for 49 years. Marriage turn into prison to me. The only thing keeps me going is meeting some fellow veterans for breakfast once a month. Two hours where I do not need to hide. I keep telling myself that I am a grunt and I will take what every life throws at me. 31 pills a day

  • Barb R.
    06/08/2019 00:24

    Our Veterans deserve everything possible to help them heal...They have given all...they are the true heroes!😢🙏🇺🇸

  • Terrence Y.
    06/08/2019 14:09

    The US must leave Afghanistan..deaths, amputees, brain injuries, PTSD, 22 suicides per day, homelessness....endless suffering for our returning soldiers...not to count the billions spent that could be used for so many worthy causes here. There is no clear end-goal in sight! Just waste of human life and money.

  • David M.
    06/10/2019 14:31

    I'm very sorry y'all are going through this! God Bless you and keep you and your families in his Hands!

  • Kristina B.
    06/11/2019 08:17

    Prayers

  • Starria L.
    06/11/2019 16:49

    don’t go

  • Mary W.
    06/12/2019 07:42

    I want to say people that don’t listen to someone when they say they need to talk to someone will be the one person that will regret not listening to that person ,I always listen to them because it may be the last thing I hear from them and I don’t think I could live with myself knowing I didn’t listen .please everyone it doesn’t take that much out of your day to listen to them.i have finally found some of my brothers friends that are Vietnam Veterans and some say things but not directly to me but I tell them how much I appreciated them and how proud I am for giving me and millions of other people freedom and protection that they so freely and courageously gave to us all . I told a friend that was my neighbor at one time I had to tell him something that he probably hadn’t heard in a long time and he said what’s that Mary .i told him thank you for your service and giving me my freedom .He said no one had ever told him that and thank you . Hey folks show these men and women you are proud of them and that they are special people one of a kind breed soldiers now and forever.

  • Suzanne A.
    06/14/2019 12:31

    This is so HEART breaking OUR VETERANS DESERVE better.I PRAY TO GOD they get the help they need and DESERVE!

  • Jerry P.
    06/19/2019 03:00

    I'm lost

  • Sheila W.
    06/19/2019 20:20

    God Bless and Thank You for serving 🇺🇸. Prayers for strength and healing

  • Joshua L.
    06/21/2019 21:26

    something had to change about this.

  • Nonie L.
    06/25/2019 00:46

    🙏❤️