As Veterans Day approaches, Ocean County will be illuminating County buildings in the Downtown Toms River area as part of Operation Green Light, to signal its support of veterans.
Operation Green Light’s mission is to show support for veterans of all military conflicts, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans, and the resources that are available at the county, state, and federal level to assist veterans and their families. The initiative was started by the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers.
“Ocean County will be illuminating County buildings along Hooper Avenue and Washington Street in Toms River including the Ocean County Courthouse, the Ocean County Justice Complex and the Ocean County Administration Building located at 101 Hooper Ave. beginning the evening of Nov. 5,” announced Ocean County Commissioner Gary Quinn, liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Services Bureau. “Ocean County is home to over 30,000 veterans and their families, which is the largest veteran’s population in the state.
“Through the Ocean County Veterans Services Bureau, veterans and their families in Ocean County can access a host of programs and services that assist the men and women who have served our country,” Quinn said. “We are proud to participate in Operation Green Light to show our continued support of those who have served in our military.”
Residents are also encouraged to participate in Operation Green Light by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. By shining a green light, it sends a message to veterans that they are seen, appreciated and supported.
“We are happy to participate in Operation Green Light as another way to show our profound gratitude for the sacrifices that our veterans and their families have made,” said the Director of the Ocean County Commissioners John P. Kelly. “I encourage everyone to join with us in displaying a green light in support of those individuals who have served to protect our country.”
Residents looking for information on resources available to Ocean County veterans can visit the Ocean County Veterans Services Bureau’s website https://www.co.ocean.nj.us/oc/veterans/ or call (732) 929-2096.