Here in the U.S., this coming Monday marks the observance of Memorial Day. Many of us think of it as just another long weekend and an extra day off from work, but I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what Memorial Day means. Originally called “Decoration Day”, the first recorded observance was in 1866, to commemorate the service of Civil War soldiers who died in battle. Following World War II, the name was changed and it became an official Federal holiday. 3 PM local time is designated as a national moment of remembrance and US flags are flown at half-staff from dawn until noon.
At Posit Science, we think a lot about our veterans–especially those who return from the front lines with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We know that in many cases, brain training and other innovative neuroscience approaches can help folks move forward with their therapy and their lives.
We are also proud to support these communities with charity: this February, we donated $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project, a wonderful organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, with the core values of fun, integrity, loyalty, innovation, and service. The Wounded Warrior Project was started in part because a group of veterans felt that “something needed to be done for these brave individuals beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades.” All of us at Posit Science can relate to that, since we feel that something more needs to be done for people who suffer from TBI and other conditions, and for people who are trying their best to remain mentally fit as they age.