As we come upon the annual third Saturday of May, we also approach National Armed Forces Day. It's of the utmost importance that we pay our respects to the brave people serving in the military for our country. Every day they work to keep our nation a safer and better place, and at times, sacrifice everything they have to make the world a better place.
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy established National Armed Forces Day and with good reason. It is very important that we celebrate and continue to show our love and support for our military. Not everyone in the military does the same thing, some see combat every day, some don't see it all, some go overseas, and some remain in the States. Regardless of role, what every serviceman has in common is that they are all heroes.
National Armed Forces Day is important for not only showing our support for our troops. It is also imperative to educate yourself on the impact that the military has on society, as well as the impact that service can have on them. Due to the sacrifices our soldiers make every day we can sleep peacefully at night. Their fight doesn't stop once they come home either, many veterans come back home with PTSD.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition triggered by a traumatic event. PTSD can get substantially better over time, but there is no cure for it. It is projected that 7 out of every 100 veterans will have PTSD, that is 7% of all veterans. This is why it is crucial to show our love and support for our troops. They fight for us away from home, to keep our homes safe, we must help them with their mental battles when they come back.
How can you support the Military?
Expressing gratitude and offering support to the armed forces is not limited to a single day. However, National Armed Forces Day serves as a poignant reminder of the dedication and sacrifices made by service members. There are numerous ways individuals can show their appreciation:
a. Thank a Service Member: Expressing gratitude to service members in person or through written notes and messages can make a significant impact. It shows that their service is valued and acknowledged.
b. Engage in Volunteer Work: Participate in volunteer programs or initiatives that directly support military personnel, veterans, or their families. This could involve mentoring programs, care packages, or offering assistance in job placement.
c. Advocate for Policies: Support policies that promote the well-being, mental health, and fair treatment of military personnel and veterans. Raise awareness about the challenges they face and encourage others to do the same.
Bio-One Flagstaff Supports
We at Bio-One Flagstaff work closely with law enforcement and work with our veterans on a fairly frequent basis. We have the utmost respect for those who have served and are always looking to help support them how we can. No matter the struggle, whether it be mental or physical, Bio-One Flagstaff wants to help.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to us at any time. We are always here to help.
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