#GreenlightAVet movement shows support for U.S. veterans

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According to the United States Census Bureau, there are 19.3 million military veterans as of 2014 — many struggling to transition back to civilian life after having fought overseas, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or physical injuries. While some people have expressed their gratitude to these brave men and women directly, others are unsure of how to extend their thanks.

The Greenlight A Vet initiative, which is sponsored by Wal-Mart, provides a simple answer. By switching a single visible light in your home (such as your porch light or in a street-facing window) to a green bulb, you show your support and appreciation for their service. The color green was specifically chosen for its positive associations with health and prosperity; the Greenlight A Vet website notes, “ ‘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.”

In the video below, Lourdes Gonzalez, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, appreciates the green light movement: “A lot of people don’t know how to say thank you, a lot of people don’t know how to show that they care,” she says. “So having something as simple and unique as a green lightbulb is amazing because it says, ‘I care. I may not know how to say it, but I care.’ ”
To hear more about this heartfelt way to thank veterans for their service, watch the video below. Don’t forget to SHARE and spread the word.

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