WHEREAS, the residents of Taylor County have great respect, admiration, and the utmost gratitude for all of the men and women who have selflessly served our country and this community in the Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women who served in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by our citizens; and
WHEREAS, Taylor County seeks to honor these individuals who have paid the high price for freedom by placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all; and
WHEREAS, Veterans continue to serve our community in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, religious groups, civil service, and by functioning as County Veteran Service Officers in 29 states to help fellow former service members access more than $52 billion in federal health, disability and compensation benefits each year; and
WHEREAS, Approximately 200,000 service members transition to civilian communities annually; and
WHEREAS, an estimated 20 percent increase of service members will transition to civilian life in the near future; and
WHEREAS, studies indicate that 44-72 percent of service members experience high levels of stress during transition from military to civilian life; and
WHEREAS, Active Military Service Members transitioning from military service are at a high risk for suicide during their first year after military service; and
WHEREAS, the National Association of Counties encourages all counties, parishes and boroughs to recognize Operation Green Light for Veterans; and
WHEREAS, the Taylor County appreciates the sacrifices of our United State Military Personnel and believes specific recognition should be granted; therefore be it
RESOLVED, with designation as a Green Light for Veterans County, Taylor County hereby declares from November 7th through November 13th a time to salute and honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform transitioning from Active Service; therefore, be it further
RESOLVED, that in observance of Operation Green Light, Taylor County encourages its citizens in patriotic tradition to recognize the importance of honoring all those who made immeasurable sacrifices to preserve freedom by displaying a green light in a window of their place of business or residence.
This resolution was approved on the 3rd day of November 2022.