Green, the color of peace and healing, is making a bit of a comeback lately. You might have noticed a green glow coming from your neighbor’s porch, or burning in their window late at night. There’s a reason for this.
People are going green to show support for veterans who have been returning from war zones in large numbers for many years now.
Coming home after serving in the military overseas has got to be one of the most disorientating experiences a person can go through. Adjusting to normal life after living in a war zone brings with it endless challenges that for many can seem insurmountable. This is exacerbated by a lack of support services.
Whatever you may think about the wars the veterans are returning from, the reality is that those on the front line are often profoundly damaged by their experiences. Greenlight A Vet is an initiative that gives people a chance to show recognition and support for these returned soldiers.
All it takes is one light bulb, placed somewhere visible in your house and kept burning every day. You can post a photo on social media using the hashtag #greenlightavet. There’s a Greenlight Beacon for clicks of support.
The goal is to open a conversation about veterans and their welfare, and to draw attention to the terrible costs of war. It may seem like a small gesture, but it’s a way to show unity and possibly make a difference in somebody’s life.
Image via: GreenLightAVet