When I first heard of the Green Light a Vet movement, I took some time to think about those in my life who have or are currently serving. The first person in my life is my stepdad, George T. Raymond Jr., who served as a Marine in the late 1950’s into the 1960’s. He helped shape me, toughen me, and mold me. He was the reason I wanted to become a Marine myself when I graduated High School, but due to health issues, I was unable. My best friend, Sean, from middle school is also a Marine. He has served 5 tours, and at 33, is disabled. He lives the most honorable life, as he NEVER complains or regrets anything he sacrificed to serve his country. He fights through his pain and reaches out to other vets who have served abroad.
It was Sean who introduced me to Buddy Check 22, a movement targeted to reach out to a vet in your life at least once per month to let them know you care about their well-being, which has saved countless lives. I have countless family and friends that have, or are currently, serving our great nation. I never take for granted the sacrifices (mentally, emotionally and physically) all of our service members make for us- not only for their families, but for people they have never, nor may ever, meet. I proudly show my support for vets by volunteering with my church’s Veteran Outreach Ministry, by promoting the support and care for those suffering from PTSD, and will be adding a green light to my porch. Semper Fidelis