Posted: May 4, 2013 6:28 PM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
May is Military Appreciation Month and in honor of that, the Montana Veteran's Foundation and Montana Supporting Soldiers had a big Military Appreciation Day celebration in Helena.
Special guest speaker, Tomy Parker, is a veteran who served in the Marines in Afghanistan. While serving Parker was wounded, losing both legs and left hand.
Now, Parker chooses to speak out publicly about the power of, well, speaking out.
He said these appreciation events are so important to remind military families, veterans and communities how important it is to reach out to those who have served and to reach out to those same individuals if you're a veteran in need.
"War is a nasty thing, it is and so when you come back, if you don't make a conscious effort of it you're going to feel ostracized, because it's tough to re-assimilate into a normal civilian life with some of the mental things that you have to deal with: things you've seen, things you've done," said Parker.
Today's event aimed to honor not only those who have fought for our country, but to remember those who are currently serving.
To learn more about how you can get involved with Montana Supporting Soldiers, an organization that sends cards and care package to our active military members, click here.
If you'd like to reach out to the Montana Veteran's Foundation and learn more about what they do, click here.