Memorial Day weekend is a time for freinds, family, cookouts and shopping. It’s also that time of year when we pause to remember those who have passed, especially those of the armed services. From the American Revolution up to the wars in Iraq and Afghanastan, we remember all those brave men and women who gave up their lives in the defense of liberty.
And part of honoring those who gave the ultimatie sacrifice should be to make sure that our veterans returning from battle have everything they need to live happy and healthy lives. These men and women, our nations best, should receive all that we have to offer them. Sadly, we have not always done a good job in caring for our returning veterans. We have not always made sure that they have all the tools and resources necessary to make that adjustment back to civilian life.
In Albany County, our Veterans Services Bureau, led by Director Charles Burkes, assists nearly twenty thousand veterans living in the county. The bureau assist veterans in several areas including helping with government paperwork, medical care, VA home loans, burial benefits and education benefits.
So this Memorial Day, while we are celebrating the beginning of summer with our friends and families, take a minute to remember those that are no longer with us, those who made that ultimate sacrifice. And let’s be sure and remember those who are still with us who are suffering economically, physically and emotionally.
If you are a veteran who needs assistance, please contact the Albany County Veterans Services Bureau at 518-447-7710.
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend.