Veterans Day is dedicated to honor those who have served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, but it is also a time to honor those still serving today.

Originally, Veterans Day was deemed Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. After World War II, congress renamed Armistice Day as Veterans Day to recognize all military members.

If you see a veteran, take a moment to thank them for their service. Whether they served during a time of peace or of war, at home or abroad, these men and women deserve our admiration and respect. We should always be thankful to the people called to protect our homeland — unfortunately, they are often forgotten.

Let’s make a concerted effort to remember our veterans, and more importantly, never hesitate to extend a helping hand to veterans in need — there are many.

Across the nation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates approximately 40,000 veterans are homeless at any given time. According to different studies, those veterans who are homeless often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Understandably, yet unfortunately, PTSD is common among veterans. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, between 11%-20% of veterans who served in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year. About 12% of Gulf War veterans have PTSD in a given year. About 15% of Vietnam veterans were diagnosed with PTSD when the most recent National Vietnam Veteran Readjustment Study was conducted in the late 1980s. It’s also believed that 30% of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.

Monday there will be Veterans Day events in Albertville at Graham Park, behind the Albertville Public Library, and in Boaz at Old Mill Park. Both services are at 11 a.m.

The Reporter encourages everyone to participate in one of these ceremonies to honor our veterans. And while you are there, be sure to thank them.

Our View On the Issue is an opinion of The Reporter’s editorial board that includes Publisher Kim Patterson and Managing Editor Taylor Beck.

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