NEW YORK, NY (WENY) – Started only last year in New York, the campaign to honor veterans known as Operation Greenlight has expanded to include more than 29 states and over 90 counties and municipalities across the country.
Residents and businesses can participate by changing one light bulb in the entryway of their house or business to a green bulb either for the week surrounding veterans or the whole year.
Started by the New York State Association of Counties in collaboration with the County Executives’ Association and Veteran Service Officers’ Association, Operatiton Greenlight was adopted this year by the National Association of Counties.
Michael F. Zurlo, NYSAC President and Clinton County Administrator said, “It’s tremendously gratifying to see this initiative, which we care so deeply about here in our state, spread across the country to raise awareness about the incredible work that local governments do to support the veterans in their community and ensure they have access to the resources and benefits they’ve earned.”
Stephen Acquario, NYSAC Executive Director said, “When we launched Operation Green Light last year, counties across the state engaged, with the City of New York and the state of New York joining in the initiative. Now, with our partners at NACo joining the effort, we’re seeing counties all over the country spreading the message of gratitude for our veterans and a renewed focus on the need for resources to serve those who may be struggling with the transition back to civilian life.”
While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day (November 6th-12th), participants are encouraged to continue shining the light year-round.?
Visit nysac.org/operationgreenlight for more information and links to resources available to veterans.