“Greenlight a Vet,” a Walmart-driven veterans support initiative, is entering its second year.

“America’s veterans are some of our bravest, hard-working men and women,” the Greenlight a Vet website states.

“However, it’s hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they are more camouflaged than ever.”

Those who wish to support veterans are asked to change one light in a visible location, in their home or workplace, to a green light bulb.

Once the bulb has been replaced, go to www.greenlightavet.com and “map” the light. Currently, more than 5,869,000 lights have been registered online.

From the site, supporters can spread the news by sharing the information on Facebook, tweeting about it or using the hashtag #GreenlightAVet.


Why a greenlight?

“Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being,” the site states. “‘Greenlight’ is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement.glav-vertical_white

“The simple gesture of changing one light to green creates a beacon of support and appreciation, and a visible symbol of our commitment to ‘greenlight’ veterans forward as valued members of our communities.”

Throughout the Arkansas City community, those who have served in the nation’s military continue to serve locally.

City Manager Nick Hernandez and Chad Giles, a local attorney and former mayor, both served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Firefighter-EMT Bobby Cole and Police Officer T.J. Hall both are U.S. Army veterans and active National Guard members.

Many other prominent people in Arkansas City have served the country, too, such as Cliff Gottlob and Joe Walker.

“Every veteran has a story” is one of the slogans of Greenlight a Vet. Their stories are connected with our story as a nation.

Show veterans we support them in a simple way — change one light to green, map it and share. For more information, visit www.greenlightavet.com.