Honoring Our Veterans
On Monday, Veteran’s Day, Californians will join Americans across the nation to honor and thank the men and women who have served in our armed forces and fought for our freedoms.
But even as we undertake this important annual reflection, the needs and sacrifices of veterans are something we should be mindful of all year.
This year, I authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 27, designating Highway 101 in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for inclusion in the National Purple Heart Trail. Passed overwhelmingly by the state Legislature, the addition of this section will complete 240 continuous miles of the trail from Monterey through Ventura County. Eventually, Purple Heart Trail signs will be placed along the highway in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. On Monday, state and local officials will join me in unveiling the extension of the trail in our area.
Physical reminders like these are important ways to honor those who have sacrificed, and in some cases, given the greatest sacrifice, for our country.
But we also can’t forget the needs of veterans once they return home and the challenges they face as they work to integrate themselves back into civilian life. In California, it is the role of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVET) to make that transition as smooth as possible.
Veterans, their friends, or families who may be dealing with a veteran in crisis can contact the Veterans Crisis Line that connects veterans with qualified, caring responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
No parade, or ceremony, or highway sign will fully repay the debt we owe our veterans. Yet it is vitally important that we continue to show them our greatest support and gratitude, both for what they have done for us on the battlefield, and for the contributions they make here at home.
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Senator, 19th Senate District