Bacon: Making Veterans Day count

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, November 8, 2019

On Nov. 11, we celebrate our nation's heroes. But going forward, we need to ask, what more can we do to make a difference for those who have risked everything for our freedom? I challenge everyone to respect our veterans and support the organizations giving back to them and their families.

We can honor our veterans by taking part in the causes helping and supporting them. Organizations like Disabled American Veterans, local American Legions and the Wounded Warrior Project exist to take care of those who serve and take care of us. The least we can do for the men and women who put everything on the line for our freedom is to support these groups.

To commemorate Veterans Day, I joined members of the Evansville Chapter of Disabled American Veterans to honor our service members. This nonprofit charity provides support for veterans and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. Annually, the organization provides more than 600,000 rides to veterans attending medical appointments and assists with over 200,000 benefit claims. In 2018, DAV helped veterans receive more than $20 billion in earned benefits. Disabled American Veterans’ services are offered at no cost to veterans, their families and survivors. To get involved, visit www.dav.org.

This chapter in Evansville is named for James Bethel Gresham, a Hoosier veteran with a unique story. Gresham was one of the first Americans to die in World War I, and he is buried here in Locust Hill Cemetery. His grave is recognized as an official World War I Centennial Memorial, and his legacy has inspired others to dedicate their time, energy and resources to help our veterans. Gresham’s family home is now used by ECHO Housing Corp. Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program., which provides free housing to 6-8 veterans at a time so they can work and save money for a permanent housing solution.

When we support organizations like these, we are giving back to the heroes who we can never truly repay. Veterans Day is a great opportunity to thank our veterans, but the work does not stop there. Just thanking a veteran can go a long way, but an act of kindness means even more. Whether you support veterans with your time or donations, know that every little bit you do makes a difference.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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