Leave No Man/Woman Behind

Now, Our Vets Need Our Help

As the nation celebrates Veterans Day (Nov. 11) remembering our military’s men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who served in war and peace time, we need to take a moment to give considerable thought to those who fought and returned injured. 

The men and women who were wounded physically and/or mentally face a most daunting challenge --recovery and access back into society. For many, the wounds of war exceeds the time actually served.  Their road to recovery is very difficult, extremely costly and mentally exhausting for them and for their families. Back at home, they risk becoming the ones left behind. 

The Wounded Warrior Project is one of many organizations operating to help returned military veterans. The Project’s purpose is to:

- Raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members

- Help injured service members aid and assist each other

- Provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. *

The Wounded Warrior Project includes programs to strengthen the mind and body; to help grow economic power and help keep warriors engaged with other warriors. The leaders who work with the Wounded Warrior Project have not left any veteran behind.

Several events in Prince George's County will be held honoring Veterans Day. 

In Glenarden, a military opening at 11:00 AM will mark the beginning of the celebration at 8615 McLain Avenue.  The program honoring two World War II veterans follows. One hundred sixteen names have been added to the veterans memorial this year.

Other key events include County Executive Baker who will deliver remarks at a Veterans Day Commemoration hosted by the Town of Bladensburg and the Colmar Manor American Legion at 10:30 AM at Peace Cross, 4500 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, Md. The Executive will also attend Glenarden American Legion Post Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at noon.

Also, the Fourth Annual Women Veterans and Women in the Military Veterans Extravaganza will bring together service members and veterans for a two-day empowerment and education conference November 11-13, at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center at National Harbor. Those in attendance will recognize and celebrate the often overlooked gender in the military.

Lieutenant Colonel Warren Christopher, US Army (Retired) will announce his bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 4th Congressional District of Maryland this Veterans Day. 

A movement, Greenlight A Vet was begun as a symbol of appreciation and support for veterans.  Supporters are asked to change one lightbulb to green in a visible location such as the porch, in one's home or office, and keep it glowing every day. 

Since the nation's birth, wars have been fought to help win and maintain freedom. To name a few: the American Revolution, The War of 1812, The American Civil War, The Spanish-American War, WW1, WW2, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, The Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom among many other conflicts and operations. The nation honors these men and women for giving all to keep those at home safe and free.

Don’t forget there are still many who stand posts around the world ready to give their lives in defense of our freedom and the right to live in a county with liberty and justice for all!  


PHOTO: Keith Sekora and Chris Wolff / Wounded Warrior Project