What is a Veteran? “A Veteran – whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount of ‘up to, and including his/her life.’”
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a legal U.S. holiday to honor the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. The following year, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, saying,
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
In 1954, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans”, and November 11 became a day to honor Veterans of all wars. This Veterans Day observes the 97th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Many of our older Veterans are now in need of care. One out of every four aging Americans is a Veteran. Veterans often carry experiences from their service that present unique challenges. At Home Care Assistance, we are sensitive to the specific needs of our Veteran clients and go above and beyond to ensure the psychosocial and physical wellbeing of each one. For me personally, caring for clients that are Veterans extends further than tending to their physical or mental wounds, it is an opportunity to care for those who gave so much of themselves to lay the foundation for the lives we live today.
It is my responsibility to honor our Veterans and not let their sacrifices go without expressing the profound gratitude that they deserve. Believe it or not, a simple “thank you for your service” goes a long way, even though it may be considered trivial to you. This mere acknowledgement lets Veterans know that what they did for our country matters to those they diligently protected.
I was excited to learn about Greenlight A Vet, a movement focused on establishing visible national support for Veterans by changing one light to green in a visible location, such as on your porch or in your office. Green is the color of hope, renewal and wellbeing and the term “greenlight” is commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation around the recognition of Veterans and greenlight them forward as valued members of our communities.
Home Care Assistance and I encourage you to show you care by helping shine a light on America’s Veterans in this simple way. While today is the official holiday honoring our nation’s Veterans, I challenge you to keep Veterans front of mind every day, because the sacrifices these brave, hard-working men and women, young and old, made to serve our country should not be taken for granted.
Sarah Christ is a seasoned Veteran after serving in the Army National Guard for six years as active status and two years reserve and the Military Police at Fort Benning Georgia. Sarah also has experience in Guantanamo Bay and is an Airborne School NCO honor graduate. After exiting the military, Sarah found her work in home care to be the most satisfying of any field she has experienced and enjoys fulfilling her social responsibility to serve older adults and their families. As Senior Care Advisor, Sarah Christ is a dependable, knowledgeable and professional in-home care expert who helps local San Diego seniors and their families navigate the home care maze by helping them understand their options and create a customized plan to ensure optimal safety, peace of mind and quality of life. For more information about Home Care Assistance, please visit www.HomeCareAssistance.com.