GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A ceremony in Greenville honored veterans spanning decades. Its focus was on family and helping those who return back to normal life.
“When they put that uniform on, they sign a blank check with the United States government to serve anywhere and do anything that they’re told to do,” says Navy Veteran, Jim Hooker.
Often times, that means months separated from loved ones. Years spent risking their lives to improve the lives of others. This service affects more than those on the front lines.
“You really need to think of a veteran as a family unit,” says Hooker.
That unit on the home front faces its own challenges.
“As a military wife, you really have difficulty planning things,” says Maureen Hooker. “For example, two weeks after my second child was born, my husband was gone for nine months.”
But neither those home or away ever complain about their call to duty.
“The families I know, and you learn this right away, find it a blessing to do what they’re doing,” says Maureen.
Instead, they say their focus is on improving conditions for veterans when they return home, including innovative ways to improve injuries of war.
“There is therapy for PTSD and TBI and it’s not just drugs and counseling which is what we are using today,” says Hooker.
One of the new therapies include oxygen therapy to heal the brain. That treatment is available here in Greenville and Hooker is working to get more veterans involved in the treatment. He says it’s beneficial for the service member and their families.
The celebration continues this weekend in Greenville. Veterans will be honored Saturday, November 14 starting at 10 a.m. at Covenant Church in Winterville.