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‘Operation Green Light’ shows support for vets: Here’s how you can, too

In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Randolph County Government decided county buildings could be illuminated green through Nov. 7-13 as part of Operation Green Light, a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support military veterans.


The effort also hopes to 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 Randolph County Sheriff’s Office is among the county departments displaying green lights.


The new national collaborative is spearheaded by the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers, building upon the successful efforts of the New York State Association of Counties and the NYS County Veteran Service Officers’ Association in 2021.


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.


Shining a green light lets veterans know that they are seen, appreciated and supported. While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day (Nov. 7-13), participants are encouraged to continue shining the light year-round. Residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.