Honoring the “Veterans” of 9/11


Honoring the “Veterans” of 9/11

Hello Friends and Families,

A full decade after the 9/11 attacks and ensuing combat in the middle east, we have a better scope of the motivators behind the defense of our country.  For our newest franchise owner Jay Portadin in Bordentown, New Jersey, the anniversary of 9/11 is very personal. Jay is a retired NYPD officer and was one of the first responders to the emergency calls from the World Trade Center and an eyewitness to the events at Ground Zero ten years ago.  Jay is also an example of brave acts of our nation’s law enforcement officers and veterans.

The most comprehensive report from the Veterans Administration shows a totalveteran population of between 20 and 25 Million.  It also shows an increase of $20 Billion in health costs for these veterans since 2000.  From this information, I make two conclusions:  We have many strong people willing to serve our country, but their service always comes at a price.

I have the privilege of having close friends who have served this country in the Army, Navy and Air Force.  They share with me their pride exhilarating military experiences and their grief at the loss of fellow soldiers and friends.  Even though our troops often serve overseas, their struggles are close to home for me.  To those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, I wish to express gratitude to them and their families.

The common image of a veteran is accompanied by a uniform, camouflage or an American flag.  In home care, we see veterans outside these pictures, after their official service is complete.  We can witness their ongoing resilience and patriotism as they serve their communities in civilian life.   Their sacrifices are evidenced in a missing limb, a deaf ear, and the wounds and trauma brought home from the battlefield.  These “Wounded Warriors” power on with the courage, endurance and resilience reserved for the strongest of people.  They are the pride of their families, their friends, and their communities.

As veterans return home from places of violence and unrest, the best thing we can do is give them the same peace of mind and independence that they have fought to protect.  No matter the age of the veteran or type of injury or condition sustained during their service, every veteran is in need of our appreciation and continued support.  As they have risked everything for our independence and our way of life, we can return the favor by giving them the best care attainable.  If you are a veteran, we have free resources for you on the SYNERGY HomeCare website.  We also work with local Veteran Administration locations to coordinate care for all members of the military.  Please contact us with any questions you may have and thank you for your service.


Peter Tourian
Founder and CEO SYNERGY HomeCare

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