If you see a green light at the front door of a house, you need to know this
The military of any country is the pride of that country. Men and women voluntarily enroll themselves in order to put their life on line for the sole purpose of keeping their country and the citizens of their country safe at all times.
But as it is with combat and wars, most of the military veterans who return from the duty overseas, return with sets of mental problems with them and the biggest of the them is the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD).
But Wal-Mart has started a very good initiative in order to support the veterans and to make people more aware of the cons of PTSD. Here is more about the #GreenLightAVet initiative.
1 The Military Vets
Military veterans or Vets for short is a colloquial term for current and former officers who are/were part of the armed forces of their countries. Military Vets are seen as a matter of pride for the country and are generally treated with utmost respect and care by the citizens.
They often get special treatments in their countries due to their service to the nation and also for the sacrifices they have made for the sake of the country. Different countries have different programs for them; some welcoming them with open arms and some ignoring them altogether.
But most of the veterans in USA, an estimate of 19.3 million vets as in 2014 are struggling to get back to normal life and suffer from injuries and even PTSD.
2 Post-Traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress disorder or PTSD as it is more commonly known is a disorder that affects people who have survived a scary, dangerous or a life threatening event. Our body has its own mechanism to cope up with dangerous situations and the fight or flight response is the one of those reactions that saves us from harm.
Military Vets are more prone to getting PTSD, thanks to the nature of their work, and though some might be brave enough to keep their mental strength, but most of the vets come back from their overseas tours with one or another type of PTSD.
It also stops them from transitioning from the military life to the normal life, where they can get a job and lead a normal life after giving most of their good life in the service of the nation.
3 The #GreenLightAVet initiative
If you see a green light on the front door of your neighbor next time, you will come to know of a very good initiative. It is a part of the Green Light a Vet initiative which is sponsored by Walmart. All you need to do is switch on a green light in the evening on your front door or porch.
This green light was chosen because it signifies moving forward and hope. “A green light means go and that’s what veterans are known for—their ability to take action quickly no matter the challenge,” the Wal-Mart Foundation said in a press release. Walmart already announced its 100,000th vet hiring and have donated $20 million and will hire upto 250,000 veterans till 2020.
They have shared some ways to show respect and help the vets lead a normal life: If you want to help a veteran, then you can:
- Hire or help a veteran find a job.
- Volunteer or serve in veteran groups in your community.
- Have a mentor/mentee relationship with veteran.
- Just support the vets by lighting a green light in your front porch or the front door.
4 Vets share their story
Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation said that there is really no better tribute to the men and women who serve the country than recognizing the value of their contributions and fully engaging them in the communities and workforce when they return home.
Some of the veterans also shared their stories like Lourdes Gonzales. She says “A lot of people don’t know how to say thank you, a lot of people don’t know how to show that they care,” “So having something as simple and unique as a green light bulb is amazing because it says, ‘I care. I may not know how to say it, but I care.”
So you do respect the military veterans and have some of them in your neighborhood, but didn’t know how to say that you care, you can simply lighten a green light outside your door and your thanks will reach them.