I support movements like “Green Light A Vet” not just because I am a United States Navy Veteran, but because I know the feeling of sacrifice, honor, courage and commitment that it takes to be a member of the military.
When I was in high school, I decided that I was going to graduate and join the Navy. I don’t know what provoked this decision, perhaps the recruiters convinced me this was a good idea more so than the others, but from 11th grade on, I knew that I was going to be a United States Sailor. So after high school I joined, it was probably one of the most proudest moments to date. I didn’t realize that my life was going to change, but I went to boot camp and survived, I entered the next proudest moment of my life. Then, the Navy sent me to “A” School where I’d learn the tools of my trade as an Operations Specialist, it was technical, it involved radars and tracking and it was THE coolest thing I had ever learned. Once school was completed we got to choose where we’d serve our first sea duty. Oddly, this girl from the VA, chose Washington State. I’d never been anywhere else other than Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania, so across the country was a big change. What I didn’t know, was that my ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln, was already out on Tour, and I’d be flying out to the Persian Gulf to meet them.
Some of the best most amazing moments were on that ship or with my shipmates. I experienced things I never thought possible, I saw beautiful countries, I grew up quickly and made decisions that would change my life, but I wouldn’t change that experience for anything. When I was a sailor, I was proud, I was strong, I was ambitious, I was independent, I was defending my country, and there was nothing more important than that! Now, fast forward, I’m a Gulf War Veteran and was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for my service while overseas. Though the time I served wasn’t as long as I had hoped or envisioned, I am still proud of my contribution.
Green Light A Vet
Fast forward, 9/11, fast forward tragedy, fast forward war, war, war, and as we hold our family tight at night through all of the chaos, confusion and war, your fellow Americans are out there defending our Country, away from home, away from their families, protecting our safety and freedoms. Their losing their lives, precious time with loved ones, their limbs, their reason, their coming home broken, stressed, some deal with PTSD, and then some. Transitioning from the military to the civilian life is a challenge at best, and support is essential for those Veterans. Green Light A Vet and the color green, is a symbol of hope, renewal, and well-being for our veterans. The term “greenlight” is often used to “activate forward movement”. It is with great hope that the Green Light A Vet movement will spark national conversation that will ignite acknowledgement, recognition and support to “greenlight” our veterans as valued members of our community.
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Change your porch light from white to green, stand up and show your support for our veterans that protect and serve the United States with honor, courage and commitment. Snap a pic and upload it to your social media outlets using the #greenlightavet hashtag, then visit Green Light A Vet online and click the button “Help Shine a Light on America’s Veterans” these numbers reflect those who have shown their support and the number will be displayed during the Veteran’s Day Parade in New York City on 11/11.
Will you show your support for our veterans and #GreenLightAVet?
If you do, please tag me in your post, I’d love to share it.
In honor of Veterans everywhere, Happy Veteran’s Day!
Green Light A Vet, a beacon of hope, renewal, well-being, recognition, and support for our veterans.