A family of woodchucks ate Paul Ryan's car. The internet responded hilariously.
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Apparently, nature also has a grudge against House Speaker Paul Ryan.

During his appearance at the Economic Club in Washington, the Wisconsin Republican told the audience that a family of woodchucks ate up his Chevy Suburban.

“My car was eaten by animals,” he said. “It’s just dead.”


As a top congressional leader, Ryan's security detail provides him transportation. Since he had no need to drive it, Ryan loaned his car to his mother in Wisconsin. After her recent return from a vacation in Florida, the car would no longer start. A mechanic "realized that a family of woodchucks lived in the underbody,” Ryan said. “They ate all the wiring out of it.”

Public response to the incident has been ... interesting.

A few Twitter users expressed their support for the woodchucks and others have considered them to be unofficial members of the far-left-leaning militant group, antifa.

Ryan is not new to being the subject of resistance and protest. While Ryan condemned some of Trump's discriminatory policies throughout his presidential campaign, he has since evolved into becoming one of his quickest defenders and enablers. Ryan has defended and proposed some of the most harmful and discriminatory viewpoints in this country. He doesn't believe in climate change, he has supported bills to defund Planned Parenthood, and he has defended Trump's Muslim ban and draconian immigration policies.

There's sound reason for the woodchucks to eat up Ryan's SUV.

Whether an act of resistance or not, the woodchucks' choice does make sense. The Midwest is known for its unforgiving winters — and Wisconsin is no exception. Seeking shelter under the hood of the House Speaker's big SUV seems like a smart move.

If Ryan won't budge on his views and stand up for the rights of all Americans, these woodchucks seem to have a solid plan for action — and they aren't afraid to use 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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