News 2014

December 24, 2014

GI Go Fund Distributes over $10,000 in Gift Cards to Veteran Families for the Holidays

Nonprofit Organization hands out hundreds of $50 gift cards to veterans in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Season

November 27, 2014

Congressman Donald Norcross and NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney Join GI Go Fund to Provide Hundreds of Care Packages to Military Families for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Event held annually aboard the Battleship NJ helps hundreds of homeless veterans living in south Jersey and active duty military personnel stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

November 25, 2014

GI Go Fund Distributes Thousands in Gift Cards to Needy Veterans for Thanksgiving

Group hands out over eighty $50 Walmart gift cards to veterans in need to help them provide for their families this Thanksgiving

November 12, 2014

Jeans for Troops Day in Honor of Veterans Day Breaks Records Once Again Throughout the Country

Employees at over 1,900 Schools, Companies, and Government Agencies Honored Our Men and Women in Uniform During Nationwide Dress Down Day; Funds Will Go to Benefit the GI Go Fund as They Work to Help Veterans Find Employment and Achieve Better Access to Health Care

November 11, 2014

GI Go Fund and PSEG Honor Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Other dedicated Veteran Supporters During 6th Annual Veterans Day Gala

Mayor Steven Fulop and NJ Assemblyman Troy Singleton among honorees; Congressman Donald Payne Jr. Gives Opening Remarks

October 25, 2014

Veteran Given Housing Opportunity through Partnership between Habitat for Humanity and GI Go Fund

Isaac Ezirim of Newark is housed thanks to veterans’ initiative designed to link Homeless Veterans with a place of their own; Home built in Newark, NJ with help of veteran volunteers

October 14, 2014

Hundreds of Homeless Veterans find Help at the “Stand Down of North Jersey” in Newark Hosted by GI Go Fund and The City of Newark

Homeless Veterans offered food, clothes, medical screenings, haircuts, legal assistance, and connections to benefits and housing opportunities

September 25, 2014

Annual Foodtown Donation Drive Raises Over $51,000 for Military Veterans

Funds raised during month-long drive among the highest in the history of the program; Proceeds will go to help veterans find jobs and connect to health care services.

August 1, 2014

GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous Joins U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker in Celebrating the Passing of the Sweeping VA Reform Bill

Fanous Joins Senators at the Nutley VFW; Congress quickly passed the legislation to fix the issues at the VA; GI Go Fund also highlighted the need to address the growing problems in veteran unemployment

July 1, 2014

Panasonic Presents GI Go Fund with a $5,300 Contribution Raised During Jeans for Troops Program

CFO Mike Riccio Presents Check of $5,306.50 to GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous from their funds raised during the Jeans for Troops Drive this past Memorial Day; Panasonic matched the funds that were raised during the drive

June 26, 2014

In Remembrance of Lt. Seth Dvorin: 10th Mountain Division Remembrance Ceremony in Fort Drum NY Honors Fallen Comrades

As Army Base in New York Honors its Fallen Soldiers from past year, friends and family of GI Go inspiration Lt. Seth Dvorin remember his courage and honor his legacy

june 13, 2014

GI Go Fund and Johnson & Johnson Host Military Career Workshop for Dozens of Veterans in San Diego, CA

Partnership between organization and company hosts first California event for nearly fifty veterans; Volunteers from Johnson & Johnson helped veterans improve their employment prospects

June 9, 2014

Hundreds of Military Veterans Fill Room at GI Go Fund’s South Jersey Veterans Job Fair

Event included 65 employers, colleges, and health care services that met with the hundreds of veterans in attendance; NJ Adj. Gen. Michael Cunniff, NJ Assemblyman Troy Singleton, and Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard also on hand to meet and speak with veterans.

June 6, 2014

Jack Fanous of the GI Go Fund Joins Senators Booker and Menendez in Effort to Give Veterans Access to Private Health Care Options

Executive Director of veterans non-profit group joined U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker as they pledged support for the new bipartisan VA Reform bill, as well as a Veteran Credit Protection bill, both of which were recently introduced in the high chamber

May 23, 2014

Carl Sandburg Middle School in Old Bridge raises over $19,000 during “Steps for Vets” Program in honor of Memorial Day

Students Collected Donations from the local area to benefit the GI Go Fund; Event was the most successful fundraiser in the history of the school district

May 22, 2014

Jeans for Troops Day in Honor of Memorial Day Celebrated Throughout the Country

Employees at over 1,600 Schools, Companies and Government Agencies honored our men and women in uniform during nationwide dress down day; NJ State Assembly Declaring May 22 to be “Jeans For Troops Day”; Program sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)

April 11, 2014

Toms River North High School in New Jersey Kicks Off the National Jeans for Troops Program

School is first of thousands to honor our military and those who served by wearing Jeans to Work for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday; Proceeds from the event go to benefit the GI Go Fund, which in turn dedicated it to supporting local military veterans in Ocean County

March 23, 2014

More Than 500 Military Veterans Fill Room at GI Go Fund’s Sixth Annual Newark Veterans Job Fair

Event featured dozens of employers, colleges, and healthcare services who met with the hundreds of veterans expected to attend; Job Fair included veterans who participated in Military Career Workshop with Johnson & Johnson six days earlier. New Jersey Department of Labor played critical role in encouraging veterans to attend this event.

March 15, 2014

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky Serves as Keynote Veteran Mentor for Over 200 Veterans during the latest Military Career Workshop Hosted By Company and GI Go Fund

Volunteers from Johnson & Johnson, Ernst & Young, Citigroup and Verizon helped veterans improve their prospects in preparation for the GI Go Fund’s Job Fair the following week; NJ DOL played critical role in coaching and connecting veterans to companies during event

March 13, 2014

Day Pitney, One of the Top Law Firms in the Country, Partners with The GI Go Fund to provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Veterans

Legal Program, developed in collaboration with new firm partner Mark Morgan, will assist veterans with civil claims as well as veterans’ appeals to help address the historic VA backlog

March 10, 2014

GI Go Executive Director Jack Fanous Joins Senator Cory Booker to Discuss His Historic Amendment Expanding Healthcare to NJ Veterans

Groundbreaking legislation from Booker was discussed that would give NJ Veterans the ability to utilize their VA Healthcare cards in all hospitals.

February 4, 2014

Ten Years Later: Remembering Lt. Seth Dvorin, the Friend whose Death sparked the Creation of a Veteran’s group that has Helped Thousands of Veterans

On the 10 year anniversary of his death in Iraq, we remember the son who was lost too soon, and the friend whose passing led to the founding of the GI Go Fund

January 11, 2014

David Parano, One of New Jersey’s Strongest Veteran’s Advocates, Passes Away at 78

Retired Colonel Served Over 30 Years as Veterans’ Liaison to NJ Congressmen and Senators