Sandy Springs officials and residents gathered today at Morgan Falls Park to pay tribute to military veterans and their families during its annual Veterans Day ceremony.
Retired Major General Maria Brit spoke at the event and keyed in on the difficulties of transitioning veterans back to civilian life.
“You’re coming back to a community and oftentimes you’re having to reintegrate into a job so now not only are you not walking around with a weapon and body armor but now you have to reintegrate into your job and a family so I can tell you it’s a challenge.”
Brit also emphasized the strain active duty puts on families and children.
“Being a military mom myself - I have three daughters - I know the sacrifices they make and I just wanted to let the families know they’re heroes, too. They don’t wear medals on their chest but they wear their pride in their hearts and they do it out of patriotism and love for their service member.”
For Francis Hunter, a Vietnam veteran who now lives in Buckhead, the day is a reminder to care for veterans who have fallen through the cracks.
“Food, housing, jobs – They need all the help they can get because these are boys that have put they’re lives on the line for our country.”
At least 60-70,000 veterans are homeless in the country, making up more than 20 percent of the total homeless population. In metro Atlanta alone, there are more than 2,000 homeless veterans.