Green bulb distribution in support of military

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The Jefferson County Veterans Association received two cases of green light bulbs from the Steubenville Vietnam Veterans Support Group, and more than 100 of those bulbs are being distributed randomly throughout Jefferson County this week, according to Barry Bardone, association member and Vietnam-era veteran who originated the idea supported by both organizations. A green porch light bulb represents support for America’s active military and veterans. “It demonstrates to others you honor our military who sacrifice and had sacrificed for our freedoms,” according to a promotional flyer provided by Bardone. The bulbs are being distributed by deputies of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, according to Bardone. A recent meeting about the bulbs — which are green because of the color of military garb — involved, from left, Paul Walker, vice president, Steubenville Vietnam Veterans Support Group; John Radvansky, president of the Steubenville Vietnam Veterans Support Group; Sheriff Fred Abdalla, a Vietnam veteran; and Bardone, adjutant, Jefferson County Veterans Association, holding his granddaughter Giada Maccariella. The JCVA meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Fort Friend Park, Smithfield, adjacent to the military park display and honor wall or, in the event of inclement weather, at the park engineer’s office. The Steubenville Vietnam Veterans Support Group meets at 6 p.m. every Wednesday on the third floor of the Towers Building at 500 Market St., Steubenville, where it established and maintains the Vietnam museum room.