Green Light A Vet makes its way across eastern North Carolina

WNCT sits down with a vet who says the green lights make returning home that much sweeter

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Green Light A Vet, a project making it’s way across the country.

With more than three million people participating, turning on green lights on their front porch to show support of veterans in the area.

Including Wilmer Warren, a veteran who lives in Greenville.

He bought dozens of green light bulbs for his neighbors in hopes that they too would support the cause.

“I think they’ll pick up on it and realize the fact that there needs to be a participation of appreciation,” said Warren.

He says he hopes others in the Greenville area will also shine a light on recognizing our nation’s veterans.

That support is spreading rapidly across the east, from Greenville to Jacksonville.

WNCT’s Jacqueline Matter sat down with a veteran who says the little green lights make returning home that much sweeter.

“We don’t get to leave behind what we saw, what we did. With what’s going on in the world today we’re going to be asked to do it for a long time and we need more than just a thank you.”

Meet Shaun DeZern.

A Jacksonville veteran who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s now a wounded warrior after supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

“I was shot once in the knee through and through, once in the shoulder through and through and a good buddy that was sitting right next to me was killed,” said DeZern. “I thought that was it for me so I came home and it’s been a long journey home.”

That journey includes numerous surgeries. Every time he comes home from the hospital and sees green lights on porches, it means more than just a thank you.

“Seeing a green light out when you’re driving whether it’s in an office building or a neighborhood, it’s support,” said DeZern.

That support is a show of appreciation that is as simple as changing out a front porch light bulb.

“Oh it’s so nice to see him light up every time he sees a green light,” said Stephanie DeZern.

But, why green? It’s the color of hope, renewal and well-being. Something many service members hope to regain once back home from war.

“I see the green light and I see fight for me. I mean that’s our promise… to fight stronger, harder, better than our nations enemies,” said Dezern.

“That’s why we do what we do, say our goodbyes, go to funerals, it’s a promise that I’ll fight for you and seeing that green light to me tells me you’ll fight for me.”

With over three million people’s support on the Green Light A Vet website, the organization, as well as Shaun, hopes you too will help shine a light on American veterans.

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