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Suiting Our Soldiers – Gary Sinise Foundation, Jos. A. Bank Team Up for Veterans

Buy 1, Get 2, Donate 1 Campaign to Provide Returning Vets with Suits for Job Interviews

In an effort to help our returning heroes re-enter the civilian workforce, clothing giant Jos. A. Bank is teaming up with The Gary Sinise Foundation to provide thousands of veterans with new suits. Many of our veterans come home looking for work not owning a suit or with having a proper fitting one after years of military service overseas.

“Anything we can do for our veterans, I’m looking to support” said actor Gary Sinise in this You Tube video. “Some of our military may only have one suit that they’ve owned for 10 years. When transitioning from military service to the private sector, being able to look sharp when presenting themselves can be very important.”

Uniform of Success

Jos. A. Bank CEO Neal Black expressed in a recent interview that the clothier has been helping veterans causes since WWI and they were looking for ways to help vets with finding jobs. For post-9/11 veterans, the unemployment rate in February 2013 was at 9.2 percent. With the current Jos. A. Bank marketing campaign “Buy 1, Get 2 Free” already under way and having a lot of success, some of their customers suggested donating one of the suits to veterans. The idea was then presented to The Gary Sinise Foundation and ambassador Brian Anderson – who met Sinise at Walter Reed Hospital where he was rehabilitating after losing both legs and his left hand. Anderson was on Fox & Friends Sunday morning promoting the program. According to Anderson, when Gary Sinise first saw him Sinise said “Holy crap, it’s the real Lt. Dan” in reference to his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump. The movie won the 1994 Academy Award for best picture.

The campaign runs from July 1st to July 7th and can be applied to in-store and online purchases. You can get more information and shop for suits to help our veterans at Jos. A. Bank here.

Operation PAVE: Providing Vocational and Employment Help for Our Heroes

Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE)

The theme of Operation PAVE is “Changing Lives, Building Futures One Veteran at a Time”. It is a unique public-private partnership with Paralyzed Veterans of America and the private sector to find meaningful employment for wounded veterans.

PAVE provides one-on-one vocational assistance and support to all veterans and their families, as well as assistance to employers committed to hiring veterans. Working with government and business leaders throughout the country, PAVE counselors work with rehabilitation teams to help newly injured veterans get back into society.

Operation PAVE Video

Partners for Life

Professional PAVE counselors engage many of their clients for the first time at the hospital bedside – long before they are thinking about economic self-sufficiency and finding employment. Working from offices in the VA Medical Centers, the counselors become involved with every detail of the veteran’s progression — from the time they return home to long after they have finished rehab and left the hospital. They often use the term “partners for life”. Counselors find the injured veterans jobs, internships, volunteer positions and training opportunities. They also help veterans to understand and apply for all of the benefits they are entitled to through the Veterans Administration.

Those of us at MobilityWorks who serve our veterans with mobility consultations and equipment installation are truly blessed to meet these wonderful individuals who risked their lives for our freedom. Visit our Veterans Assistance page for additional information about adaptive equipment grants and contact information for local VA offices.

For Employers

If you have any information about vocational training, internships or job openings for veterans who may have some physical or mental challenges as a result of their service, please call Operation PAVE at 1-800-424-8200 or write to Joan Haskins at Operation PAVE is funded entirely through private donations and provided free of charge to veterans and employers.

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A Reminder of the Sacrifices Made for the Freedoms We Enjoy

Please Remember Our Military Heroes on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is to honor and remember those who were killed while serving our country
Memorial Day is to honor and remember those who were killed while serving our country.

Memorial Day was set aside to remember those who died fighting for our country. It was first observed on May 30th in 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. But to me, Memorial Day is another day, another opportunity to remember not only heroes lost, but also to thank all those who served.

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