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When our nation needed them, they sacrificed to protect the security, safety, and freedom we have today.

At their Tuesday Administrative Matters meeting, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners proclaimed the week of November 7 – 13 as Operation Green Light for Veterans who have earned our gratitude and support for their service to our nation. Operation Green Light is a national collaborative spearheaded by the National Association of Counties or NACo. 

According to Larimer County Veteran Services Officer Lee Cooper, Operation Green Light derives its name from the airborne soldiers on a mission waiting to jump out of a military aircraft. They would wait for the red light inside the aircraft to turn green, the signal it was time for them to go.

“By illuminating county buildings in green over the week of Veteran’s Day, we want to show all 20,000 veterans and their families in Larimer County that their service mattered, that we’re grateful for their sacrifices and it is now our turn to make sure they’re served by their county government and their community,” said Cooper.

Larimer County supports these individuals through the Larimer County Veterans Service Office to ensure they have the resources they need as valued members of our community transitioning to civilian life. Nationally, about 200,000 service members transition to civilian communities each year. Still, between 44% and 72% of those service members can experience high levels of stress during their transition with mental health issues and possibly even suicide during their first transition year from military service.

“The people transitioning to civilian life every day --- those are people you help every day and so we appreciate the services you provide all over the community to help people get back to that civilian life which is not necessarily easy, especially with some trauma that people might have experienced. Operation Green Light is a small way to remind us of those sacrifices,” said Larimer County Commissioner Kristin Stephens.

Simply changing one light to green inside a home or outside on a front porch or at a business between November 7 – 13 symbolizes that support as Veterans continue to serve our community after their military service in volunteer organizations, local government, and many other ways.

“Thank you for your good work in your team to provide services that require great navigation skills to make sure veterans are receiving support and benefits they have rightfully earned through their military service,” said Larimer County Commissioner John Kefalas.

The Larimer County Administrative Services Building at 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, and Larimer County Loveland Campus at 200 Peridot Ave. will be lit up after dark with green energy-saving LED lighting. Timers will turn the green lights on at dusk and off during the daylight hours.

Published on: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 1:53pm
Contact Details:

Lee Cooper, Veterans Service Officer, 970-498-7396, cooperlj@co.larimer.co.us

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