Veterans Day: Thank you for your service

Veterans Day recognizes all American veterans of all wars, living or deceased. Originally it was called Armistice Day to observe the end of World War I and honor the veterans of the war. But later, after World War II and Korea, veteran service groups requested that Congress honor all American veterans of all wars. Congress amended Armistice Day to Veterans Day, advises the U.S. Department of Defense.

Veterans Day is not Memorial Day which recognizes all of those who gave their lives for our country in battle or from wounds received during war action. Other countries also celebrate Veterans Day in their own way.

“Thank you for your service” is something we all have said. Many of us still remember how some of our military veterans were received when they returned home from war. Some of us are thankful every day that there are men and women who fight our country’s battles so we don’t have to, and we can remain safe at home pursuing our dreams, living our lives without interruption.

Yesterday, Family Recovery Center observed Veterans Day, as other agencies and school children around the county are doing. FRC’s event took place at the corner of North Market Street and Saltwell Road.

Do you know …

¯18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war, as of 2018.

¯9 percent of veterans are women.

¯7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.

¯7 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War.

¯Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 496,777 were still alive as of 2018.

¯Connecticut was home to the highest percentage of World War II veterans as of 2018, at 7.1 percent.

(These Veterans Day facts come from www.history.com.)

Family Recovery Center is taking another step forward to reach out to military veterans of all wars … Korea, Vietnam, any and every war, and not just combat, advises Rich Andrews, a case manager and recovery coach at FRC.

A veteran support group is forming and expected to begin meeting early in 2020. Andrews is working with Gary Corbett of Veterans of Recovery in Stark County to organize the 12-step base meeting. Veterans do not have to have an alcohol or drug problem to participate. It is for veterans only, a safe place to talk, where it will stay within the group. The camaraderie of veterans to help each other to cope with depression, PTSD, and adapting back to civilian life.

“A brotherhood … home … someone to talk to,” Andrews said. “It’s not a counseling group. It’s a brotherhood.”

A veteran himself, Andrews said he felt disconnected from the world when he returned home. Veterans of Recovery helps make vets feel secure. “We get help with the issues we brought home with us.” Andrews wants to help other vets. “There’s a hole we’re missing. This is somewhere to go to close the gap. A safe place.”

FRC and Andrews are putting the pieces together for the veteran support group. The exact date for beginning has not been announced, but Andrews welcomes calls. For more information about the veteran support group contact Andrews: phone, 330-424-1468, ext. 123; cell, 330-831-7757 or email, randrews@familyrecovery.org.

Addiction has no address, but Family Recovery Center does. For more information about the education, prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and related behavioral issues, contact the agency at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468; or e-mail, info@familyrecovery.org. FRC is funded in part by Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).