In a New York Daily News article on 27 May 27, 2019 by Theresa Braine at

“How has serving impacted you?” tweeted the U.S. Army. The question was no doubt meant to elicit a flood of nostalgic, patriotic, reminiscences and pride, because the example they gave was of Pfc. Nathan Spencer, who spoke of his opportunity to serve something greater than himself.

But what bounced back was a flood of pain and grief.

Among the more than 11,000 responses were predominantly tales of the aftermath — post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the tragic deaths of relatives, the complete inability to function in daily life — and that was just among those who remained Stateside.




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