The Moore County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution supporting Operation Green Light for veterans during a regular meeting held on Tuesday. Operation Green Light is a national program intended to support veterans and raise awareness about the resources available at the county, state, and federal levels to assist veterans and their families.
In its second year, Operation Green Light is expected to draw hundreds of counties to participate. The county’s role in administering services for veterans includes county veteran services officers helping service members access more than $52 billion in federal health, disability and compensation benefits each year, as well as other services supporting the approximately 200,000 service members who transition into civilian communities annually.
Veteran Services Director Kelly Greene read the resolution to the commissioners. The resolution noted several statistics that show why the initiative was started, including the fact that between 44 and 72 percent of veterans experience high-stress levels during the transition from military to civilian life.
“Whereas, the contributions and sacrifices of those who served in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by our citizens; and whereas, Moore County seeks to honor individuals who have made countless sacrifices for freedom by placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all,” read the resolution.
The resolution encourages its citizens in patriotic tradition to recognize the importance of honoring all who made immeasurable sacrifices to preserve freedom by displaying a green light in a window of their business or residence from Nov. 1-12. Shining a green light lets our veterans know they are seen, appreciated, and supported.
Moore County Veteran Services staff assist veterans and their families in obtaining local, state, and federal benefits. Those wanting more information about the available resources can visit the Veterans Services office at 707 Pinehurst Ave, Carthage, call 910-947-3257 or go to the county website at https://www.moorecountync.gov/210/Veterans-Services.