In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Renville County announces that county buildings will be illuminated green November 7-13 as part of Operation Green Light for Veterans, a new initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support military veterans, as well as raise awareness about the challenges faced by many veterans and the resources that are available to assist veterans and their families.

Operation Green Light is a simple way to express appreciation for the public service of our veterans who risked everything to protect our country and our way of life.

“Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, our nation’s military force members, and their families, have made immense sacrifices for our safety and security,” shared Lee Stock, Renville County Veterans Services Officer. “Similar to the sacrifices of previous generations of our armed forces, this service to country often results in significant stress to many of our veterans. We want to make sure our veterans, and their families, know their service mattered, we are grateful for their sacrifices, and that it is our turn to make sure they are served by their county government and our community.”

In addition to lighting county buildings, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends.

While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day (November 7-13), participants are encouraged to continue shining the light year-round.  Community members can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.

Operation Green Light is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the resources available to veterans and their families.  Throughout the year, Renville County Veterans Services staff are busy connecting veterans to federal and state benefits, helping to manage employment needs and doctors’ appointments, as well as helping them find veteran peers who can assist with the transition back to civilian life.