A distracted driving PSA that hits hard: It's more than just not texting behind the wheel.

We hear it over and over: Our phones are a deadly distraction in the car.

It's easy to dismiss the message because it's pretty much on repeat.

But here's the thing: A phone is a deadly distraction. And even those of us who have made a commitment never to text while driving might still be putting ourselves, our loved ones, and strangers at risk.


You probably know what's coming in this video, but I encourage you to watch it anyway.

I held my breath for a little too long, and even though I knew how it was going to end, it still hit me pretty hard.

What stood out most is that the woman in the video wasn't even texting. It truly doesn't take much to change the course of our lives forever.

We talk a lot about teens and their dangerous driving habits — so many viral videos about texting and driving feature teens — but the truth is that we adults aren't doing the best job leaving our phones alone either.

Keep this bit of info from AT&T in mind:

Here's the jaw dropper: A recent AT& T survey shows that it's adults, not teens (as might be suspected), that lead the trend on texting and driving. Almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving compared with 43% of teenagers. Of those polled, more than 98% of adults — almost all of them — admit they know it's wrong. That survey revealed that 41% of teens say they've seen their parents text and drive too.

There are a few ways to ensure we stay as distraction-free as possible when driving.

You can put your phone out of reach, like Glennon of Momastery and her husband agreed to do after watching this video.

And, if you're really committed, there's an app for that.

You can download an app, like DriveMode, that prevents you from sending or receiving calls and texts when you're driving. While it won't prevent you from scrolling or checking social media, it's a start.

Whatever it takes, the point is that we all need to find a way to leave our phones alone while we're driving.

An Instagram selfie or a Facebook status update just isn't worth it.

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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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Eviction seemed imminent for Dasha Kelly, 32, and her three young daughters Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, on Monday. The eviction moratorium expired over the weekend and it looked like there was no way for them to avoid becoming homeless.

The former Las Vegas card dealer lost her job due to casino closures during the pandemic and needed $2,000 to cover her back rent. The mother of three couldn't bear the thought of being put out of her apartment with three children in the scorching Nevada desert.

"I had no idea what we were going to do," Kelly said, according to KOAT.

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