May 21, 2015
Jeans For Troops Day in Honor of Memorial Day Breaks Records From Coast to Coast
Employees at over 2,000 Schools, Companies and Government Agencies honored our men and women in uniform during nationwide dress down day; NJ State Assembly Declaring May 21 to be “Jeans For Troops Day”; Program sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)
WASHINGTON, DC – Hundreds of thousands of Americans from coast to coast worked to help their fellow troops and their families by participating in the GI Go Fund's Jeans For Troops fundraising drive. Over 2,000 schools, companies, and government agencies took part in a nationwide movement to support returning veterans this Memorial Day and help them get the assistance they need as they come home.
During the “Jeans for Troops” program, schools, companies, and all other employers that choose to participate allowed their employees to wear jeans to work on May 22 in exchange for a $5 donation to the GI Go Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting all veterans with their needs upon their return home from combat.
The GI Go Fund is an organization on the cutting edge of offering support to veterans, providing veterans with innovative ways of finding employment, securing their educational and health benefits, as well as providing aid and assistance to low income and homeless veterans. Since their founding, the organization has helped tens of thousands of veterans improve their lives and give them the capacity to provide and care for their loved ones.
“The amount that this event has grown in the past few years has been truly something special,” said GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous. “What started a small group of loyal supporters has now swelled to over a million school teachers, government workers, and business employees alike standing together to lend a hand to their local veterans in need this Memorial Day. All of our participants are showing the true passion and love that all of us Americans have for our military men and women, and they are saying thank you to them in the best way possible.”
The organization is committed to providing support to veterans from all across America, and is committed to taking funds raised in local communities and directing them to support initiatives and efforts for veterans in their area.
The drive has received strong support from all levels, including statewide government. The NJ State Assembly will issue a proclamation that will declare May 21 as “Jeans for Troops Day”, calling on all New Jersey businesses, schools, and organizations to support our troops in honor of this Memorial Day.
The event was being sponsored and promoted by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), who has worked hard to encourage its members to support their local military veterans. The group has sponsored the drive each of the past three years, and its members have consistently been among the group’s biggest supporters.
The organization would like to thank all of the employees from across the United States for making a difference this Memorial Day. Your efforts will likely surpass any that we have seen since the drive started five years ago, and we will be able to achieve great things for our veterans thanks to your support!