While the Department of Defense (DoD) is putting plans on hold for a national parade honoring the Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans, many U.S. cities are stepping up with their own events.
For example, 2 men in St. Louis managed to gather a crowd in the thousands to honor our recent veterans in a matter of weeks, drawing national attention. Now, the city of Rome, GA is hoping to achieve the same with a parade and festival dedicated to honoring the Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans.
On Saturday, June 16 starting at 11:00 a.m. EST, the city will hold a parade followed by live entertainment, food, and children’s activities at the Forum. The Veterans Affairs of Atlanta organization will be on hand to assist disabled veterans and their families in attending and enjoying the festivities.
The DoD has shown support for the idea of holding a national parade to honor the Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans, but is reluctant to plan such an event. Current statements suggest they will make plans for a national celebration once all of the troops have returned from deployment.
While we still have service members active in the Middle East, the potential for service-related injuries and conditions remains a risk for all active duty military. If you’re injured while serving in the military or develop a disabling condition due to your service you have the right to file for veterans disability benefits.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.