The Johnson County Veterans Affairs Department will light part of the Health & Human Services Building, 855 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, green as part of Operation Green Light for Veterans, a nationwide effort by counties, the National Association of Counties (NACo), and the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers.
From November 6-12, county buildings and landmarks across the country will be illuminated green to show support for veterans and raise awareness around the resources available at the county, state, and federal levels to assist veterans and their families.
Now in its second year, Operation Green Light is expected to draw hundreds of counties to participate. The county’s role in administering services for veterans includes County Veterans Service Officers helping fellow former service members access more than $52 billion in federal health, disability and compensation benefits each year, as well as other services supporting the approximately 200,000 service members who transition into civilian communities annually.
“It is important as a community to support Veterans, many times the battle doesn’t end when the Veteran leaves service, some of the effects are lifelong. We must assist them in adjusting to civilian life by providing support and resources to obtain employment, healthcare, and stability. We must promote awareness and be an advocate for them.” Mandy Coates, Johnson County Veterans Service Officer
Johnson County residents are encouraged to participate by changing one light bulb in their home 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. By shining a green light, we let our veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported.
Counties and residents across the country are sharing their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.