The world is getting smaller and smaller due to the increased use of social media and internet networking tools. Twitter is the latest and in my opinion, greatest of these tools. It allows one to share their thoughts to the entire world in 140 characters or less. People tweet about everything from their dinner, to traffic, to larger issues like healthcare reform and my personal favorite, veterans issues.
The Twittersphere is full of Twitterers tweeting useful tweets about veterans issues. Some of the ones I follow:
@VetsNetwork is “A Twitter network for veterans and for those who support veterans,” according to their Twitter biography. Found through a Twitter search of #veterans, they are one of the largest veterans-related Twitter users with 1,021 followers and 995 people they follow (as of posting time.) A majority of their Tweets link to news from the Veteran’s Administration website, but a few link to local news sources around the country reporting on veterans-related news. I am following them for use on my beat because they Tweet frequently and with quality information pertinent to veterans, and those supporting veterans.
@WeSoldierOn tackles one specific veterans-related issue, homelessness. They are a non-profit organization located in Massachusetts, and one of their tweets from July 14th stuck out to me for a future blogging topic. @WeSoldierOn provided the statistic on any given night, over 275,000 veterans are living under bridges. Homelessness is a large topic to conquer, and in the case of veterans, it’s sometimes the result of other problems (poor mental health care, and PTSD.)
@MilitaryAvenue is a Twitterer more focused at active-duty military and their families, but veterans issues are also of interest to those currently serving, and I follow this Twitterer for the active-duty view on veterans topics.
@militarypathway, like @WeSoldierOn, also combats a specific veterans-related issue, mental health. Military Pathways provides free mental health assessments to active and inactive-duty military personnel. I follow them because their feeling towards veterans conveyed in their Twitter bio is similar to the tagline of my blog, “Not all wounds happen on the battlefield.”
@VFPNational is not a veterans-issue Twitter user, but a organization of Veterans for Peace. Their recent Tweets have been extremely opposed to the war in Afghanistan, and I chose to follow them on Twitter because it’s a different point of view of veterans post-service. VFP is taking an active hand in issues effecting future generations of veterans, and their Twitter page provides a plethora of information for all interested.