County to “go green” for veterans

DeSoto County officials plan to make the county’s support for veterans visual during the week surrounding Veterans Day this year., 

County buildings will be illuminated in green during the week, from Nov. 7-13 as part of the county’s observance of what veterans of the armed services have done for the nation.

By taking the action, county leaders want veterans to know that they are seen, appreciated and supported. 

The reason for using the green hue for the week comes as part of a national program called “Operation Green Light,” endorsed by the National Association of Counties board of directors back in July of this year and was promoted by Carbon County, Pa. Commissioner Chris Lukasevich

According to Operation Green Light, green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being.  Greenlight is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and “greenlight” them forward as valued members of our communities.

Officials say there are more than 11,200 veterans who call DeSoto County home.

Operation Green Light is also meant to put light on issues veterans have transitioning from service life to civilian life, and the age demographic of veterans is increasingly getting older.  

For instance, as of 2019, 11.7 million veterans are over the age of 65, which is about 61 percent of all veterans. Veterans make up roughly 11 percent of adults experiencing homelessness. Some 70 percent of veterans experiencing homelessness also experience substance abuse, and 50 percent live with mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

DeSoto County Supervisors are inviting businesses, organizations, HOAs, residents, and other governments to join them in raising awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans by – lighting buildings and homes green from Nov. 7-13

Individuals can participate by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and those passing by will see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends. By shining a green light, you let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported.

Homeowner Associations can show support for veterans by adding a green light to HOA buildings, entryway signs, and community street lights. You can also encourage residents to participate by sending a flier or making a social media post. Samples are posted below.  

Cities, private businesses, and organizations are also asked to light their buildings in green from Nov. 7-13.  

Operation Green Light for Veterans flier

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