Forum, Sept. 11: This day, every day, reach out to connect with our veterans

Published: 9/10/2021 9:59:55 PM
Modified: 9/10/2021 10:00:06 PM
This day, every day, reach out to connect with our veterans

Twenty years ago, on Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, our lives changed forever as terrorists attacked the United States of America. It was a sobering day marked by the humanity, heroism and grace that rose up throughout our nation as we faced unimaginable tragedy and loss.

Thousands were killed that day, thousands more were injured, and still thousands more responded to help the victims.

As I look back on those events, I’m reminded of the incredible perseverance and strength of our nation — characteristics inspired by the veterans we serve.

May we always remember those we lost.

May we always be grateful for the heroes who responded that day.

And may we forever honor those who decided to serve our nation, inspired by that tragic day.

We are honored to serve our post-9/11 veterans each day, and we will continue to do so, as they earned and deserved our support.

One of the most important ways that you can be available and support our veterans from all periods of service is to reach out. To connect.

To be there.

September is Suicide Prevention Month, during which we increase our continued focus and awareness. If we haven’t already done so, let us consider reaching out to a veteran during this month. Let’s connect with our veteran families and loved ones and remember that trained VA counselors are available and ready to listen.

If you are a veteran or know of a veteran in need of support, contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to receive free, confidential support available 24/7.

For same-day mental health services, please call our team at 802-295-9363 ext. 5760.

Reach out now before it’s too late.

May we always be grateful for the heroes who responded to the events of 9/11, and may we forever honor those who have defended us all.



The writer is executive director of the White River Junction VA Healthcare System.

Seeking update on Route 120 survey about congestion

I am inquiring if there was any more information regarding the survey the state did about Route 120 and the congestion it experiences (“NHDOT seeks input on Route 120 congestion,” Feb. 4).

I believe the survey was done earlier this year and the state was asking for suggestions regarding proposed changes. I haven’t heard or seen anything since and was just wondering if there was any outcome to it. I figured you would be one of the first to write about it.



Make our economy work for women

Last week’s Sunday Focus article (“Falling Backward,” Sept. 5) documented how the pandemic set back women’s progress in the global workforce, knocking 54 million women out of work.

We’ve also learned that the rate of women’s participation in the U.S. workforce has dropped to a 33-year low. This is due in large measure to the choice that many women faced in 2020: keep their job or care for family members in a health crisis.

The pandemic starkly exposed the inequity of our economic system and its impact on women.

Now is the time to create an economy that works for everyone, including women. This is not a women’s issue, but one that affects us all. When women work, the economy thrives.

In Vermont these organizations — the Vermont Commission on Women, Vermont Works for Women, the Vermont Women’s Fund, Change the Story VT and Let’s Grow Kids — have come together to focus on solutions to support women in fully participating in the workforce with a campaign called #MakeWorkWorkForUs.

From advocating for policies such as paid family leave and quality affordable child care, to closing the gender wage gap, to elevating women-owned businesses and supporting more women to pursue leadership roles, there is an opportunity for everyone — policymakers, employers, employees, advocacy organizations and community members — to be part of the solution.

Please visit the webpage at to learn more.


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