TYLER (KYTX)-The Military Order of the Purple Heart proclaimed Smith County a Purple Heart County this morning in support of veterans.
"Let it be further resolved that the commissioners court of the county of Smith, Texas at the adoption of this resolution does hereby declare Smith County a Purple Heart County."
Local purple heart recipients were recognized at this morning's meeting. Veteran Nathaniel Jacobs is proud of the community he grew up in and what it's doing for veterans.
"Tyler right now is becoming one of the main places where veterans should reside. for a long time they weren't recognizing veterans and right now they are," Jacobs said.
One of the main organizations dedicated to helping veterans is the Green Zone. Volunteer Coordinator and veteran Michael Beck hopes the community will keep recognizing veterans.
"Will we ever do enough? I don't think so. are we heading in the right direction? I think we are," Beck said.
Beck agrees that Tyler is a great place for veterans to live.
"We've got a great group of people here who love veterans. we probably have more veteran related organizations here than dallas and were a small community but here we are," Beck said.
Commissioner Jeff Warr is the son of a veteran. He is glad he can help recognize people like his father.
"Now we have people still from World War II and all the way up to the current conflicts are being injured and we who benefit from the freedoms they protect gives us an opportunity to stand up and say thank you," Warr said.
Jacobs is homeless, has been to jail and has PTSD. He says Tyler is the perfect place for him to get his life back on track.
"A lot of times we forget about patriotic and I'm glad Tyler is representing because a lot of vets feel good when they have somebody supporting them," Jacobs said.
With the help of the Green Zone, Jacobs will be starting school at Tyler Junior College in the fall.