The BOCA office is closed today in honor of Veteran’s Day. It is because of the sacrifice of so many Americans that we are able to enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted.
This year especially, as so much of the world is facing war and devastation, we appreciate our veterans and those who serve in the military. We watch the news and bear witness to the images of unspeakable horror and stories of danger – it is hard to imagine entering these war zones willingly, but people do.
My kids are little and we’re in the superhero phase. Oftentimes when we discuss superheroes, I like to throw in actual real-life superheroes. Doctors, nurses, police officers, teachers and veterans are usually the ones that immediately come to mind. I think it is so important that we recognize how deeply our lives are impacted by the everyday heroes who don’t (but should) get the same fanfare as professional athletes or musicians. These are our superstars, the ones we should be cheering and lining the streets for.
Last month we talked about mental health and the importance of raising awareness of mental health issues. One of the important pieces of this conversation is helping veterans transition back to civilian life after serving and addressing mental health issues they might be struggling with. Studies show that over 40% of veterans struggle with mental health or substance abuse and less than half of those in need actually receive treatment. I think one of the many ways we can honor veterans is by continuing to destigmatize the conversation around mental health.
Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was established to commemorate the end of World War I. Over time, it has evolved into a day to honor all American veterans, living or deceased, who have served in times of war or peace. Today BOCA honors the brave women and men who have selflessly served our country. We are grateful, we recognize their sacrifices, and we actively support all veterans in their journey beyond the uniform.