U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss, is encouraging Mississippians to become more engaged with those who have served our country in honor of Veterans Day, which is being observed Friday.
Hyde-Smith emphasized the National Warrior Call Day Resolution (S.Res.754), which encourages Americans to actively reach out to service members, veterans, and first responders to strengthen social connections that can promote mental health and wellbeing.
“Each Veterans Day, our nation comes together to remember, honor, and thank the brave men and women who have fought selflessly to defend our homeland and its values,” Hyde-Smith said. “They are, without a doubt, our nation’s heroes. These heroes may be our parents, our siblings, our friends, or our children. They are among us every day, engrained into our communities. It is our duty, as a people, to acknowledge their service and sacrifices.”
While honoring and expressing gratitude toward veterans is a start, Hyde-Smith notes that there are more things people can do to support those who served. The senator encouraged measures from assisting veterans with adjusting to civilian life to something as simple as a phone call to reduce the emotional isolation that veterans are prone to feel.
“Veterans Day is an opportunity to not only honor veterans, but to recommit ourselves to help and support them year round. There are many ways we can support them. Aiding reintegration into civilian life. Supporting veterans as they navigate the resources allocated to them. And the simplest, but perhaps most important, encouraging open and honest communication,” Hyde-Smith continued. “Just one phone call can reduce isolation, and it may be exactly what that person needs to get the help they need to uncover those invisible wounds and seek resources for help.”