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Here’s what vets Rob O’Neill, Marcus Luttrell and others are tweeting about coronavirus

Robert J. O'Neill speaking at the 2018 CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Released)
March 26, 2020

With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and the world practicing social isolation at home to curb the spread, some of America’s top special operations veterans have been sharing some words of motivation.

Rob O’Neill, the U.S. Navy SEAL credited with killing Osama Bin Laden, took to Twitter to offer a few pieces of advice for people concerned about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

“Wash your hands,” O’Neill said in the caption to a video tweet, before listing off some other ideas to deal with the coronavirus.

“The bad news is we’re all going through this, the good news is we’re all going through it together,” O’Neill said. “So keep your head in the fight. Remember most of the stuff that you worry about is never going to happen anyway. Get through it how you can.”

O’Neill went on to list some activities to keep the mind busy.

“Get a workout, get some sun. If all you can do is see how long you can hold a push-up position that’s great. How many air squats can you do in a minute? Try to beat that score tomorrow,” O’Neill said. “And most importantly, don’t lose your sense of humor. Stop buying all the damn toilet paper. Talk to you tomorrow.”

Marcus Luttrell, another U.S. Navy SEAL and a survivor of the deadly June 2005 incident in Afghanistan, Operation Red Wings, also told his followers, “Don’t be afraid & NEVER QUIT!”

“Good Morning Everyone, hope it’s a great day. Never let anything, including a virus, make you fear being alive. We are all in this together and together we will get through this and come out stronger when this is over,” Luttrell tweeted. “When a fight comes our way, we will fight, do not be afraid. Nothing is more powerful than the spirit you have inside you, it wants to stay alive. . . So NEVER QUIT! TxFrog.”

Tim Kennedy, a U.S. Army Special Forces operator and former UFC fighter, has posted several tweets regarding coronavirus.

In another tweet, Kennedy joked about efforts to maintain social distancing and showed pictures of his two helicopters sitting at least 6 feet apart, per common social distancing guidelines.

Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former U.S. Army Ranger and hero of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya also posted a message to his followers on Facebook: “I want you to wash your hands.”