Operation Green Light for Veterans

Operation Green Light for Veterans
Posted on 11/01/2022
A man installing a green light bulb for a porch lightMANATEE COUNTY, FL (November 1, 2022) – In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Manatee County Government properties will be given the green light . . . literally.

Community and Veterans Services staff—along with Property Management workers—are preparing the green illumination from November 7 through 13 as part of Operation Green Light—a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support those who have served in the military, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many Veterans—and the resources that are available at the county, state and federal level to assist veterans and their families.

“Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, our nation’s voluntary military force members and their families, have made immense sacrifices for our safety and security over a two-decade period,” said Renee Medina, Division Manager for Manatee County Veteran Services. “We want to make sure our Veterans and their families know that their service mattered, that we are grateful for their sacrifices and that it is now our turn to make sure they are served by their county government and our community.”

Manatee County residents and businesses are encouraged to participate—by simply changing one light bulb to green. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends.

By shining a green light, community members can let our Veterans know that they are seen, appreciated and supported. While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day, participants are encouraged to keep shining the light year-round. Residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.

Visit Manatee County Veterans Services for more information about how to get assistance with Veterans benefits and available resources.