It is hard to believe that we are approaching Memorial Day weekend! After what seemed like the longest winter on record, we are now anticipating grilling out with friends and spending a long weekend with family. All across the state, pools will start to open and Hoosiers will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.
While Memorial Day marks the start of the summer vacation season, we are also reminded that is it more than just a party. It is a day dedicated to commemorating U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. It is a day of remembrance. Many of us honor the memory of a friend or family member; however, let’s not forget those that fought for our country and are now struggling with the aftermath of certain medical and mental health concerns such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and homelessness.
Consider commemorating the lives of those living and departed by flying a U.S. flag. Or, honor our heroes by honoring those that fought beside them that now need a place to turn for help. Honor them by making a contribution to one of many nonprofit organizations providing health care, housing, job training and mental health service to our homeless veterans.
Almost 1 in every 4 homeless persons is a veteran. Close to 700 veterans in in Marion County are homeless. During this Memorial Day Weekend, in the midst of the 100th Anniversary of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, remember that we need to fight for those who fought for us! It is as easy as donating to our Homeless Initiative Program that includes the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
What are some unique ways that you celebrate Memorial Day?
Any suggestions on other programs that help homeless veterans?