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Get Involved: Greenlight a Vet program continues its mission

 

November 6, 2019



WHAT IS GREENLIGHT A VET?

America’s veterans are some of our nation’s bravest, hardest-working men and women. However, it’s hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Change one light to green

Change one light in a visible location in your home or office to green, and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of support and appreciation for our veterans.

Put your light on the map

Post your light on the Greenlight A Vet map to make sure every veteran across the country can see your support.

Share your support

Inspire others to join the cause by taking a picture of your green light and sharing it on social media using the hashtag #greenlightavet.

The Meaning of Green

“Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being.

“Greenlight” is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement.

The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and “greenlight” them forward as valued members of our communities.”

Retail giant Walmart is the driving force behind the Green-light a Vet Campaign and its charitable arm recently made a $5 million donation The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to boost its AmericaServes program. This program assists veterans transitioning to civilian life.

One of the main objectives of the program and the other groups associated with it (Team Red, White & Blue, Team Rubicon and Blue Star Families) is to help find Veterans jobs. Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, said she estimated about 40,000 visitors to her organization’s website came through the program last year.

Other support from the foundation has been more direct: It helped back the launch of Blue Star SpouseForce, which provides Salesforce administrator training for military spouses that normally would cost $5,000.

“One of the things we say is one of the best things you can give a transitioning veteran is a spouse with a job,” Roth-Douquet said. “If we can bring career and workforce development programs into the military spouse space, we really create an awful lot of good for the community overall. [Walmart] heard that, and they’ve been very responsive to it.”

 
 

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