We Honor Veterans a positive step

THE NUMBER OF LIVING veterans of World War II is getting smaller every day. And veterans of subsequent American wars are passing away as well.

They need to be remembered, honored and thanked for their sacrifices before it is too late.

The latest effort to do that took place last month when the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice sponsored a We Honor Veterans event at the Acuity Insurance headquarters in Sheboygan.

The event was designed to kick off a new nationwide initiative that the hospice is taking part in to improve the vital connection between hospice facilities, Veterans Administration centers and military veterans.

The program at Acuity spotlighted veterans of World War II, the ‘Greatest Generation’ that fought and won the war against fascism and imperialism.

For too many years, those men and women were under-appreciated and unrecognized. It wasn’t until less than a decade ago, for instance, that an official national memorial to World War II service people and veterans was erected in Washington, D.C.

At issue:
Connecting veterans with help
Bottom line:
Needs to be done

One of the highlights of the We Honor Veterans event was a salute to the Honor Flights program, which has taken scores of World War II veterans to Washington to visit the World War II memorial in an effort to recognize their service and sacrifice before they are gone.

But for every veteran of World War II, Korea,

Vietnam and even the Gulf wars who passes on, there are many more still among us who need to be remembered and honored.

And many of those are in need of help to heal the wounds – physical, mental or psychological – they bear from their service.

The programs are in place to help them, but the problem is connecting those who need them to the help that is available.

The We Honor Veterans initiative is a positive step in that direction. All of the agencies involved in We Honor Veterans are to be applauded for their efforts and supported to the greatest extent possible.

It’s the least that can be done for those who gave so much.

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