This isn't about awareness. it's about directly affecting lives.

I served eight years in the Marine Corps Reserve, during which time many of my friends were deployed to the Middle East. I can tell you first hand that knowing your country stands behind you in support makes all the difference during a military member's life.

The impact cannot be understated.

Here's your chance to make a difference. Donate to Townsquare Cares today, and make an impact that will bless our servicemen and women beyond the moment.

Give a shout out to a veteran by commenting below or tweeting at @nj1015 and @BillSpadea.

Bill Spadea is host of the Chasing News TV program. He periodically fills in for NJ 101.5 show hosts, and you can daily hear his opinion about all things New Jersey here, or by tweeting @BillSpadea.