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If You've Ever Wondered What Love Actually Looks Like, I'd Suggest You Take A Gander At These Women

When people say "they are sooo in love" this is what they are talking about.

If You've Ever Wondered What Love Actually Looks Like, I'd Suggest You Take A Gander At These Women

When Lenny met Pearl, they had no choice but to fall in love.

They are absolutely, whole heartedly, and flawlessly in love with each other. Sure, it was taboo, and they sure got their community talking! But they figured ... love is louder.


They have been by each other's side for 48 years.

Pearl says that the most important thing for her is to know that Lenny is there. She wants to know she can reach out and touch her and she's going to always be there. (I got a little teary eyed when I typed that part).

Although Lenny and Pearl have been together for almost a half a CENTURY...

HALF. A. CENTURY.

...they just celebrated their first wedding anniversary!

They wanted to wait until they could be married in their own community surrounded by their friends and family.

Watching this video — I mean, anyone who doesn't believe in love after the first minute ... well, they have lizard blood.

And now I'm jealous. Both of their love as a married couple, AND of the love that their community was finally able to share with them.

<3

There's a moment at 0:44 seconds in that is like "The Notebook" but real. Seriously. #emotions #somany #emotions

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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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