As we approach Independence Day, we're reminded of the sacrifice made by men and women to keep our country safe and preserve our freedom.
Some make the ultimate sacrifice, and others feel that sacrifice daily as they struggle with returning to civilian life.
We're reminded of this as we learn about the Johnstown American Legion Post No. 472's $12,000 contribution to a project to help veterans who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The beneficiary, the Corning-based Research & Recognition Project, acknowledged the post last week at a meeting at the Raindancer Restaurant with their guest clinical psychologist and the project's executive director, Dr. Frank Bourke.
Bourke said the project wouldn't have been able to move forward if not for the donation from the Johnstown post. Considering how many people this could help, we should be especially proud of our local post for making this contribution above what they've already done for us.
The project consists of 700 mental health providers, and it recently received a $300,000 grant from New York state to conduct a pilot study. The study will include the research and treatment of 30 military veterans who have PTSD.
This underscores the importance of veterans groups. In a time when we've been hearing of such clubs closing, we're happy and proud to see we have one thriving here.
Unfortunately the Gloversville Veterans of Foreign Wars closed in November with financial problems after one of its members was convicted of stealing thousands from the group. There are others in the state that are in danger of closing such as one in Hornell, Steuben County, and another in Oceanside, Nassau County.
As civilians, we often feel as if we can't say thank you enough, and there's nothing we can do to properly compensate these brave men and women who give so much of themselves for their country.
Even if you don't have a family member who is a veteran or currently serving, we urge you to remember these groups and provide any support you can because their success affects us all.