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The Shorty Interview
with Real Warriors

What's your best tweet?
“Have a fun, safe night! Remember, if you or someone you know is in crisis help is a phone call away: 1-800-273-8255, press 1.” As our most popular tweet, we publish this 24/7 helpline regularly between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. eastern time to remind people who feel distressed that they’re not alone and help is immediately available.
What are six things you could never do without?
Service members, National Guardsmen and reservists, veterans, military spouses, military kids and health professionals.
What feature should Twitter add?
Sometimes people tweet alarming thoughts. Similar to Facebook, we’d be thrilled if Twitter would add a suicide prevention feature that appropriately and anonymously connects people with 24/7 suicide prevention resources that save lives.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
“If you or someone you know is in crisis help is a phone call away: 1-800-273-8255, press 1.” We would never shorten this message, because we want to remind those who may be in crisis that they are not alone and help is available anytime, anywhere.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
More heroes and their families.
Why should we vote for you?
The Real Warriors Campaign is a U.S. government public education campaign that recognizes those who serve, acknowledging military life’s challenges and celebrating its triumphs. Every day, the campaign connects warriors with resources so they can get the help they need to live a healthier, happier life. Vote for @realwarriors to support those who serve our country day and night, abroad and state-side.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
We’ve met brave men and women who have shared their stories, challenges, triumphs – and have motivated others to seek the help they need. Choosing one connection would be too hard.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
How do you make your tweets unique?
We rally followers to stay positive, thank our men and women in uniform, welcome warriors home from deployment and salute units when they deploy. It’s about recognizing our nation’s warriors, veterans and their families – and making sure they have the help and resources they need.
What inspires you to tweet?
Every day, we’re inspired by the brave men and women who serve in the military, including those who have shared their stories of managing military life’s challenges.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
It’s true! We post day and night to reach the U.S. military community around the world, but sometimes our followers call us out for being chatty: https://twitter.com/VeteransList/status/304644344839827456
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Multimedia is compelling and we’ve seen it change people’s lives for the better. We imagine Twitter becoming more interactive providing users with a more visual experience.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
We admire the heroes, veterans and military families who are using Twitter to tell their stories of overcoming military life’s challenges. We salute you!
Why should people follow you?
Follow @realwarriors to support our nation’s men and women in uniform, our veterans and their families.
How do you decide what to tweet?
Listening to #military audiences (e.g., #Army, #HonorVets, #milfam, #MilitaryMonday, #MilSO, #NationalGuard, #Navy, #Reserve, #ThankOurTroops, #USAF, #USMC), understanding their concerns and responding with messages of strength.
How do you use social media to motivate yourself or others to live a healthier life?
Military life is not always easy. The Real Warriors Campaign uses social media to connect our heroes and their families with the help they need, and to inspire them to stay resilient during challenging times.
How has social media helped bring your family closer together and #keepgoodgoing?
We’re using social media to encourage warriors and their families to reach out for help for mental health concerns. Together, with the campaign’s community, we #keepgoodgoing by celebrating homecomings, saluting deploying units and thanking the U.S. Armed Forces and their families for their service and sacrifice.
Why'd you start tweeting?
The Real Warriors Campaign launched in 2009. We started tweeting the same year to start reaching warriors, veterans and their families on Twitter and spread the message that reaching out for help makes a real difference.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Twitter has changed our lives because it enabled us to change the lives of others. We’re using Twitter to inspire warriors and their families to be resilient during challenging times, and to let them know that reaching out is a sign of strength that benefits themselves, their families and their communities.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Show support for the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families recognizing them for all that they do to defend our country.
How will the world change in the next year?
We hope to see more warriors, military families and veterans reach out for support if they are coping with invisible wounds (e.g., PTSD, combat stress, thoughts of suicide).
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
We hope the world is a place where seeking mental health care is valued and respected as much as seeking care for a physical illness or wound.

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Real Warriors
Real Warriors @realwarriors
#REALSTRENGTH! @realwarriors is a #ShortyAwards finalist! Thanks to our followers for helping #SOT & #HonorVets!
Animals United
Animals United @Animals_United
Caring, gratitude and professionalism recognition: #REALSTRENGTH! @realwarriors is a #ShortyAwards finalist!
Katie Duthaler
Katie Duthaler @k8eduth
thanks to all who voted for the @realwarriors camapaign for the @shortyawards - 3rd place in the government category! WOOT WOOT! #sot
Voices for Troops
Voices for Troops @Voices4Troops
Can you nominate our friends @RealWarriors in the Shorty Awards "Government" category? They do amazing work! #PTSD #TBI
Abby Friedman
Abby Friedman @abby_michelle
I endorse @realwarriors in the Shorty category #government because it brings attention to such an important topic!
Stephanie
Stephanie @StephanieKochs
I endorse @realwarriors in the Shorty category #government because I support our nation's warriors!
Voices for Troops
Voices for Troops @Voices4Troops
Please support our friends @RealWarriors in the Shorty Awards "Government" category! #SOT #PTSD #TBI
Rylie Bryer
Rylie Bryer @irylie
#shortyawards @realwarriors #government because I'm an active duty airman
Real Warriors
Real Warriors @realwarriors
Thanks to the @realwarriors community for supporting our warriors and their families in the Shorty Awards! #Gratitude #Sot #MilSO #HonorVets
Real Warriors
Real Warriors @realwarriors
Because of your support, tonight @realwarriors placed #3!!! The Shorty Awards may choose a winner from the top 6
Real Warriors
Real Warriors @realwarriors
You can vote from Twitter by tweeting this---> "#shortyawards @realwarriors #government because [add your reason here]"
theloon
theloon @theloon
Ten minutes left to nominate @realwarriors for a Shorty Award - please go to & vote! #SOT #HonorVets #Military
theloon
theloon @theloon
I nominate @realwarriors for a Shorty Award in #government because...they work to ensure no Troop/Vet feels alone!
The Truth For Kody
The Truth For Kody @TheTruth4Kody
I nominate @realwarriors for a #ShortyAward in #government because they prove that reaching out makes a difference!
Steven Bueller
Steven Bueller @Hipsterbasher
#shortyawards @realwarriors deserves this award #government because they show who the real heroes are that sacrifice for us every day.
Jenesis Jalil
Jenesis Jalil @jenesisjalilxo
I nominate @RealWarriors for a Shorty Award in #government because it is a worthy campaign, and deserves recognition.
Jenesis Jalil
Jenesis Jalil @jenesisjalilxo
I nominate @RealWarriors for a Shorty Award in #celebrity because this is a worthy campaign & they deserve recognition.
Jordan LaPoint
Jordan LaPoint @SVcheerguy
#shortyawards should go to @realwarriors because its amazing organization #government and I'm an American Airman
Julie
Julie @julierosesmk
#shortyawards@realwarriors #government because reaching out is a sign of strength!
Dianne
Dianne @daylite9461
#shortyawards @realwarriors #government because I said so and cuz they R AWESOME!!!!
Real Warriors
Real Warriors @realwarriors
#MilSOs, or vote from twitter by tweeting this -> "#shortyawards @realwarriors #government because [add your reason here]"
Clifford
Clifford @1Biganimal
I nominate @realwarriors #government because of all they do for our military men and woman.
NDS Nutrition
NDS Nutrition @NDSNutrition
#shortyawards @realwarriors #government because with their efforts to support the lives of many Americans suffering with everyday struggles