Veteran’s Day 2010

Veterans Day, A day of remembrance

Veterans Day...More than a Day of Remembrance

November 11, 2010- A Day to Honor All Military Veterans

More than a Day of Remembrance…a Day to Give Back!

Veterans Day is the annual holiday in which we honor the 24.9 million military veterans in the United States.  President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed the holiday On November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

In 1953, a shoe store owner in Emporia Kansas, Alfred King, came up with the idea to honor all veterans…not just those who served in World War I. He began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into “All” Veterans Day. With the help of US Representative Ed Rees, of Emporia, a bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress, and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954

So now we know the history of Veteran’s Day. Do you have something planned? Maybe not…the day set aside to honor America’s Veterans usually gets the short-shift.

Facts are, the very people that put their lives on the line, are very much in need of our help. According to The Department of Veterans Affairs 107,000 veterans were homeless last year. Although that is a significant improvement over the 131,000 homeless in 2008, and the 154,000 in 2007, it is not acceptable.

More bad news…Veterans are twice as likely to commit suicide as the general population. According to Eric Shinseki, VA Secretary, “…on average, 18 veterans commit suicide each day. Five of those 18 are under VA care at the time they take their lives.”

Even more…roughly 300,000 Afghanistan and Iraq vets come home suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. It’s no wonder, with everything they are going through. Personally, I had a difficult time watching the HBO series “The Pacific”…I can’t imagine being surrounded by that day in and day out.

Take a moment to check out this video…It only takes 3:46. Click here to view video. I was happy to hear in the this video that people are trying to help. Thousands of Americans understand the need to give back to our servicemen. HuffPost, Impact, and Causecast are launching Salute to Service, a week-long series highlighting the stories of veterans who choose to devote their time and energy toward helping their fellow soldiers.

Check out the blog posts from those who are active in serving their community. Within the posts, you will have the opportunity to make a difference, and take action.

Click here to read the first Salute to Service post

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