Thank you, Veterans!

November 10, 2017 by  

One of my priorities next session is passing a bill (because it takes legislation to do so) to install a new monument at Wesley Bolin Plaza commemorating the 22 Veterans who suicide every day in America. The plans include an incredible bronze silhouette of Adam Hill Gibson, the son of a dear friend, Annette Hill – whose son lost his battle with PTSD in 2009 after serving in Iraq.

Monuments are not enough, though.  Many veterans returning home obviously need help BEFORE they slip away from us due to trauma and despair.  This is what Operation Freedom Bird does.   The OFB Foundation truly honors veterans – by providing a weeklong journey of healing to Washington D.C.  We had the honor of attending the 2016 Welcome Home, Veterans following their trip and heard how Operation Freedom Bird impacted them and their families.  Going through her own journey, Ms. Hill, a licensed counselor in Arizona, has led these and other efforts for several years from Phoenix.

Thank you, Adam.  And “Thank you” to all Veterans who served this Veterans Day. Bless you and bless your families.

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  1. Jim DiDominicus says:

    As a veteran, the only monument needed is for the number “22” to get closer to zero. We also don’t need to be incessantly thanked for our service (as if a “Thanks” covers it or as if public gratitude is among our various motivations). We also don’t need to be grooming a generation of vets who *expect* to be thanked. Monuments to every cause, no matter how heartfelt or noble, are not small government.

    • nancy_barto says:

      Hi Jim,
      I appreciate your comments as a veteran and want to assure you that I agree that monuments by themselves are superfluous to addressing the problem. You may or may not know that focus on Veterans actually receiving appropriate services for PTS and other conditions are also happening – here in Arizona for sure – through Operation Freedom Bird Foundation and other efforts to shake loose services appropriate to veterans that are not readily available through the VA. The friend I mention in the post, Ms. Annette Hill, until recently has been intricately involved in the Operation Freedom Bird’s therapeutic trips. In regards to monuments not being small government, I would say that, too, is true. Aside from legislation authorizing them, they are not government at all! The groups themselves provide the funds for them upfront as well as maintain any monuments and memorials on the Capitol Mall.

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