Put up a green light to support veterans

In advance of Veterans Day, Kitsap County has announced that county buildings will be illuminated in green Nov. 7-13 as part of Operation Green Light.

A county news release says the event is a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers to support military veterans and raise awareness about the unique challenges many face and the resources available to assist veterans and their families.

County commissioners and the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board encourage everyone to participate by changing one light bulb in their home or business to a green one. It can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see or an interior one that sparks a conversation with friends.

“We hope the public will join us in celebrating the service of Kitsap veterans, past and present, by displaying a green light for them. We will light up the County Administration Building to show our support and honor veterans for their selfless service and the contributions they continue to make to local communities,” Commissioner Rob Gelder said.

Richard Becker, county Veterans Assistance Program coordinator, said: “It is heartwarming to participate in a nationwide event that honors our veterans in the spirit of teamwork that all veterans know so well. Uniting around our veterans by displaying a green light in our homes is a simple expression of gratitude that makes our community stronger.”