Madison County joins Operation Green Light

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WAMPSVILLE — Madison County has announced that the County Courthouse will be illuminated green Nov. 7-13 as part of Operation Green Light, in support veterans of all military conflicts, with a special emphasis on vets from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Operation Green Light also raises awareness about the challenges faced by many veterans and the resources that are available at the county, state, and federal level to assist veterans and their families.

The effort was developed by the state Association of Counties and the state County Veteran Service Officers’ Association.

“Here in Madison County we are always looking for ways to honor our veterans. The ending of the war in Afghanistan has refocused many Americans’ attention on the immense sacrifice of our service men and women,” said Madison County Chairman John Becker. “We wanted to do something special this year to reach out to our veterans and let them know, that their service mattered and that we are grateful. We are proud to be part of Operation Green Light here in Madison County.”

In addition to the courthouse going green, Madison County is encouraging residents to participate by changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends.

By shining a green light, veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported, advocates say. While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day (Nov. 7-13), participants are encouraged to continue shining the light year-round. Residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.

Veterans in need of assistance can reach out to the Madison County Veterans Service Agency at 315-366-2395.

To find out more about Operation Green Light visit www.nysac.org/operationgreenlight or www.madisoncounty.ny.gov.

“Operation Green Light is a great initiative and opportunity to send a strong and highly visible message to both the veteran community and active duty service members alike who may call Madison County home,” said Ronald Raymer, director of the Madison County Veterans Service Agency and veteran. “A message that says we stand at the ready to support you and welcome you with a network of services designed to assist in the journey home.”

“Operation Green Light is an opportunity to support our veterans and raise awareness about the challenges they face and say that if you’re a vet and your struggling, please reach out for assistance,” said NYSAC President Martha (Marte) Sauebrey. “We encourage everyone to join with us in displaying a green light for our veterans and to also to reach out the vets in your life to check in and let them know that you’re with them and that you have their back.”

Veterans in need of assistance can reach out to the Madison County Veterans Service Agency at 315-366-2395. To find out more about Operation Green Light visit www.nysac.org/operationgreenlight or www.madisoncounty.ny.gov.

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