But social networking isn’t just for electoral battles. It’s
transforming the way communities organize for the public good. And now,
nerds–and I say that with the utmost respect– are changing the lives
of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Case in point, Rey Leal, an Iraq veteran, found his community online and began his journey home from war:
Rey served in Fallujah during some of the heaviest fighting, earning a
Bronze Star with valor as a Private First Class, an almost unheard of
accomplishment for a Marine of his rank.
Yet, instead of having resources at his fingertips, his closest VA
hospital was over five hours away. And at his nearest outpatient
clinic, there was just one psychologist, taking appointments only two
days a week. It wasn’t until Rey saw IAVA’s “Alone” Public Service Announcement on TV that his transitional journey began.
Immediately, Rey found a community on CommunityofVeterans.org.
Thousands of other veterans were inside. For the first time since
returning home, Rey started to feel like he wasn’t operating in a silo
with unique issues, but could share them with his peers, many of whom
were all tackling the same issues he was.