My DD, 19, is being deployed in the next couple of weeks with the Air National Guard to Qatar. This is the true picture of the situation. However, this morning, my dad posted on Facebook something about his *18* year old granddaughter being deployed to Afghanistan, in a much more precarious posting altogether, and posted a picture of her in training in uniform with a large weapon. Accurate picture (although she isn't always armed in this way when she's on her post), totally inaccurate description. And it was part of a very politically charged anti-government screed that frankly set my teeth on edge a bit.
Now normally I'd let it go - this isn't a news organization, it isn't (or shouldn't be) a big deal, and wouldn't be seen by many - except that now my aunt (his sister) is also running with the 18 year old to Afghanistan with a big gun picture and story, and both are starting to amass a significant number of 'likes' and comments about poor them and poor baby being sent to Afghanistan. While her posting isn't the Hilton, it's an R&R base for most of the other branches of service, and is nothing at all like the horrible conditions that those that ARE in Afghanistan will face.
I'm starting to feel like the family of one of those 'stolen valor' sorts that fakes having been in dangerous places for the attention they get - but it's not the kid that is doing it - it's my dad and aunt, and my aunt is honestly innocent (we don't talk often, aren't close, and she only saw this and posted because my dad did). Should I correct them? Or is this one of those times when pointing it out would be more harmful than useful?