27 tweets that sum up just how wonderful (and hilarious) Dolly Parton is.

It's an undeniable fact that Dolly Parton is America's sweetheart.

Don't believe me? Twitter is full of evidence.

First of all, she's a hilarious meme queen.

Dolly's able to take any old photo of herself (or even an animated GIF!) and find a way to make people laugh.


She's also not afraid to poke a little fun at herself.

It's no wonder she's got some pretty famous friends.

Like fellow southern gal Reese Witherspoon.

Supermodel Tyra Banks.

Grammy-winning singer Adele.

The one and only, Oprah Winfrey.

Not to mention she's the (fairy) godmother to the one and only Miley Cyrus.

They've even recorded a song together: "Rainbowland."

And it's not all about glitz and glamour. For decades, Dolly has been using her platform to give back to her community.

She's most well-known for her efforts to support early childhood literacy. In 1995, Dolly launched her Imagination Library, a free book gifting program, to ensure that every child in her Tennessee hometown had the opportunity to grow up in a home with books.

Since then, the organization has gone international. In February 2018, Dolly's Library donated its 100 millionth book.

Her generosity and passion for children extend far beyond literacy. She recently pledged $1,000,000 to the children's hospital that successfully treated her niece's leukemia.

And she even wrote a song to help encourage kids undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

She's also quick to support natural disaster victims — and she encourages others to do the same.

Dolly's even won two Emmys for her outstanding public service efforts.

But beyond her humor, her A-list friends, and her generous spirit, Dolly is a G*DDAMN inspiration.

Seriously. If you're in need some motivation (or just general life advice), follow Dolly on Twitter. Let her words wash over you.

Here's to you, Dolly. And here's to many more years of making us smile.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Welp, the two skateboarding events added to the Olympics this year have wrapped up for the women's teams, and the results are historic in more ways than one.

Japan's Kokona Hiraki, age 12, just won the silver medal in women's park skateboarding, making her Japan's youngest Olympic medalist ever. Great Britain's Sky Brown, who was 12 when she qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and is now 13, won the bronze, making her Great Britain's youngest medalist ever. And those two medal wins mean that two-thirds of the six medalists in the two women's skateboarding events are age 13 or younger. (The gold and silver medalists in women's street skateboarding, Japan's Momiji Nishiya and Brazil's Rayssa Leal, are also 13.)

That's mind-blowing.

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