Cass County to Launch Operation Green Light to Support Local Veterans – Brainerd Dispatch

WALKER — Ahead of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Cass County announced buildings across the county will be illuminated green Nov. 7-13 as part of Operation Green Light.

Operation Green Light is a new national collaborative initiative by the National Association of Counties to support military veterans, as well as to raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by many veterans and the resources available at the county, county, state and federal government to help veterans and their families.

The collaboration builds on the efforts of the New York State Association of Counties and the NYS County Veteran Service Officers’ Association in 2021.

“Since the tragedy of 9/11, 2001, members of our country’s volunteer military forces and their families have made immense sacrifices for our safety and security over a period of two decades,” said Kristy Smart, Service Officer Cass County veterans, in a news release. “Similar to the sacrifices of previous generations of our armed forces, this service to country often brings significant stress to many veterans who have served in times of war and conflict. We want to make sure our veterans and their families know their service matters, that we are grateful for their sacrifices, and that it is now our turn to ensure they are served by their county government and our community.

In addition to lighting county buildings, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by simply changing a light bulb in their home to a green one. It can be an outdoor light that neighbors and passers-by see, or an indoor light that sparks a conversation with friends.

Although this event is centered around Veterans Day week, attendees are encouraged to continue shining the light year round. Residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.

“Operation Green Light is a simple way to express our collective appreciation for the public service of our veterans,” National Counties Association President Denise Winfrey said in a news release. “We encourage everyone to join us in giving our veterans the green light and also to think about how we, as a nation and at the county level, are helping our military personnel return to civilian life. at the end of his service in our country. ”

Visit or the Cass County website for more information and links to resources available to veterans.

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