Operation Green Light For Veterans

Johnston County Veteran Services Officer Robert Boyette turns on a green light in the Veterans Services office lobby as part of Operation Green Light for Veterans. Johnston County Report Photo

JOHNSTON COUNTY – In preparation for the upcoming Veterans Day, Johnston County Commissioners have adopted a Resolution in support of Operation Green Light for Veterans, from October 1 through Veterans Day, November 11, 2022.

Operation Green Light is a time to salute and honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform transitioning from Active Service. It is also a way to honor individuals who have paid the high price for freedom by placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all.

The Resolution encourages all Johnston County residents to display a green light in a window in their business or home. It also encourages all municipalities in Johnston County to display green lighting, when possible, in public buildings.

Most Johnston County buildings will be illuminated green from October 3 through November 11 as part of Operation Green Light, a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support military veterans and raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans. The event also helps promote the resources available to veterans at the county, state, and federal levels.

“I first heard of Operation Green Light at our Commissioners Association annual conference,” said Johnston County Commissioner Ted Godwin. “Displaying a green light is a tangible way to show support for our veterans here in the County. It’s a simple gesture that brings everyone together in a common effort. It would be great if we could make Johnston County green during Veteran’s Day week.”

Commissioner Godwin is one of four veterans on the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.Commissioners April Stephens, Tony Braswell and Fred Smith are the other veterans on the Board.

In addition to lighting County buildings, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends.

“I think it is a good opportunity for businesses and residents to show their support for Veterans,” said Johnston County Veteran Services Officer Robert Boyette. “I think it would be very unique and special to see green lights illuminated all across Johnston County.”

By shining a green light, we let our veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported. While the national event is focused around the week of Veterans Day, November 7-13, Johnston County residents are encouraged to begin shining their lights tomorrow through the Veterans Day holiday. Residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.

Approximately 200,000 service members transition to civilian communities annually. Studies indicate 44 to 72 percent of active duty service members experience high levels of stress during the transition to civilian life. They are also at higher risk of suicide during their first year after military service.

Veterans can find links to resources available locally by visiting the Johnston County Veterans Services Office website.