Greenlight A Vet in honor of Veterans Day

Greenlight A Vet in honor of Veterans Day

The Orange County Commissioners Court is encouraging local residents to “Greenlight A Vet” in honor of Veterans Day by displaying green lights at their homes and businesses through Nov. 11 in a show of support for those brave men and women who have served to defend this nation and the American way of life.

According to www.greenlightavet.com, “America’s veterans are some of our nation’s bravest, hardest-working men and women. However, it’s hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. ‘GreenLight A Vet’ is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green.”

The meaning of green

The Greenlight A Vet website explains the “meaning of green” relating to the campaign, which is supported by Walmart Stores Inc.

“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.”

Nonprofit veterans advocacy group Team Red, White and Blue asserts, “A green light means go, and that’s what veterans are known for – their ability to take action quickly no matter the challenge. They demonstrate great leadership skills in any situation and represent the best of America. Their involvement in communities is central to our nation’s success.”

The Greenlight a Vet campaign urges Americans to change one light to green in a visible location on the porch, inside the home, or at the office and to keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for veterans. Participants are encouraged to share their support by taking a picture of their green lights and posting them to social media sites using the hashtag #greenlightavet.

Last year, the city of Pinehurst participated in the Greenlight a Vet campaign, changing out its regular bulb in favor of a green light Oct. 30, 2015, through Veterans Day, Nov. 11. This year, they are supporting veterans once again with a green light outside the city’s municipal building.

Walmart

Memorial Day 2013, Walmart launched the “Veterans Welcome Home Commitment,” signaling the company’s pledge to employ veterans. Since then, Walmart’s says it has hired over 130,000 new veteran associates and promoted over 15,000. Walmart has committed to hiring 250,000 veterans by 2020, according to the Greenlight A Vet website.

Organizations including the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Team Red, White and Blue, Team Rubicon, Hire Heroes USA and Blue Star Families joined Walmart to launch the Greenlight A Vet campaign in order to help create “visible and actionable national support for America’s veterans and their families,” according to Team Red, White and Blue.

Following the initiative’s inception, retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, Walmart’s senior director of military programs, said, “By uniting behind a visible symbol, we can ignite a national conversation in our communities about opportunity, success and service for veterans as they take off the uniform.”

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