Chilton County Commission shining a light on local veterans’ service

Published 1:21 pm Thursday, November 10, 2022

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From the Chilton County Commission

Each year we come together as a nation on Veterans Day to honor and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of brave Americans who have served our country in uniform.

Now more than ever, our veterans need our support. In a time when our country is divided on so many issues, we can all agree that those individuals who risked everything to protect our country and our way of life deserve our support and gratitude.

That’s why this year, Chilton County Commission is joining our colleagues across the nation in launching “Operation Green Light for Veterans”, an initiative designed to shine a light on the service of our veterans and their families.

With the pursuit of the safety and security of our nation comes the responsibility to support and serve the veterans who sacrificed on our behalf. Unfortunately, too many recent veterans, after nearly two decades of constant war, are struggling to transition back to civilian life.

Veteran suicides have claimed over 30,000 lives since 2001-four times more than the number of U.S. military personnel who died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the vast majority of veterans return healthy and prepared for civilian life, we must be better as a nation.

As part of “Operation Green Light for Veterans,” the Chilton County Commission is illuminating Chilton County Courthouse green beginning on November 1, 2022, and we encourage individuals and businesses to join us by changing one light bulb in the entryway of your house or business to a green bulb. By shining a green light, we let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported.

While this event is focused on the week of Veterans Day (Nov. 7-13), we encourage individuals to continue to shine the light year-round.

Operation Green Light is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the resources available to veterans and their families. Here in Chilton County, we’re proud to serve our veterans through our Chilton County Veteran Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled Veterans.

Throughout the year, our county staff are busy connecting our veterans to federal and state benefits, helping them manage employment needs and doctors’ appointments, as well as helping them find veteran peers who can assist with the transition back to civilian life. Veterans and family members can learn more about available services at the Chilton County Veterans Services Office, 110 6th Street in Clanton. This Veterans Day, join us in shining a light of hope and support. Join Operation Green Light and let’s turn Chilton County green for our veterans.