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Twitter Tuesday: @veteransairlift

Drumroll please…it’s Twitter Tuesday!

Today’s Twitter Tuesday user: @veteransairlift

@veteransairlift advertises themselves in their Twitter bio as “free rides for vets in jets” and their background links to their organization’s blog. Veterans Airlift is a all-volunteer network that provides free transportation to veterans for “medical and other compassionate purposes,” according to their blog’s headline. They Tweet about their organization and link themselves to the organization’s official website.

@veteransairlift and every other Twitter Tuesday user I showcase can easily be found on the Twitterers I Follow page of my blog.

Add this user to your Twitter followers, and like always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @heatherbray. I’d love to hear from you. Happy Twittering!


Celebrating 1,000 Hits and Counting

Today I reached 1,000 hits on this blog.

Thanks to everyone who is reading and commenting on the content I post.

Some of my favorite posts have come very recently:

What would you all like to see on this blog in the future? What content you would (the readers) like covered? What am I doing well or not so well? I want feedback from you all, positive or negative.

Twitterers to follow who follow veterans…(Part 2)

More Twitterers I follow who follow veterans and veterans issues:

@HelpUSVets‘ real name is Charles Turner from Charleston,WV and his veterans-related cause is their benefits, specifically the health care benefits being provided to wounded soldiers, with some tweets about the G.I. Bill. In addition to maintaining his Twitter page, Charles Turner also hosts a website called Operation Warrior Support, which has an official launch date scheduled for Veterans Day 2009. Check back with me on Veterans Day for a review of his website. His Twitter avatar is the default avatar issued by Twitter, but if it changes there, I will edit it here as well.

@VetNetUSA is the official Twitter account for the Aurora Foundation, a foundation working specifically with student veterans attending Longwood University & McDaniel College. All of their tweets are about student-related issues like the G.I. Bill, and protests on campuses. I will be following them for specific information about changes in the G.I. Bill and for a student veteran perspective on veterans issues. Their avatar is currently on of their spokeswomen (Suzie Jackson), but they will be adding more authors to their Twitter soon, according to their Twitter background’s text.

@votevets is a group dedicated to 21st century patriots and veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and other eras. VoteVets’ Twitter links to their official website, which is a information-haven for veterans issues. I will be following this Twitter user for their up-to-date, and pertinent news on veterans issues.

@BlessRVets is a Twitter user out there to honor and support veterans by providing inspirational quotes, and links to important veteran-related news. While there is not much personal commentary on the news’ articles contents posted to their Twitter, @BlessRVets is being followed because the links they posted are ones I have not seen posted anywhere else on Twitter.

@usmcsupporter tweets about alot of Marine Corps and Navy-related veterans news, but provides tweets from Flickr, which no other Twitter user I follow has done yet. The photo tweets are entitled “Veteran on Flickr,” and these tweets are the reason I chose to follow this Twitter user. The tweets show the veteran, tell where he/she served and when, this feature will be valuable in reaching older veterans for interviews and commentary.

@VeteransAffairs is the official Twitter account for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Their tweets are links to news articles posted on the website, but I am following them for their multimedia content provided through their tweets. Their Twitter avatar is the default avatar issued by Twitter, but if it changes there, I will edit it here as well.

These Twitter users care about veterans and I follow them all to obtain information and insight into growing issues. In addition to these Twitter users, you can follow me @heatherbray.

Twitterers to follow who follow veterans…(Part 1)

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.