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
WASHINGTON, DC - As our nation paid tribute to our armed forces on this Veterans Day, many of its citizens from coast to coast joined together to help their fellow troops and their families. Over 1,900 schools, companies, and government agencies are taking 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 chose to participate will allow their employees to wear jeans to work on November 12 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 last drive held during Memorial Day set records with over 1,600 schools and companies participating, a norm for the drive as totals increase with each passing drive. This Veterans Day once again saw records broken, with nearly 2,000 groups signing up to support veterans.
“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 Veterans 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 was able to reach a major milestone this year thanks to the help of their previous Jeans Drive during Memorial Day. Working with federal legislators following the VA scandal, the GI Go Fund was able to make a significant impact on many veterans struggling to obtain adequate healthcare, getting new VA reforms to include language that gives veterans living more than 40 miles from a VA facility access to a private doctor.
The funds from this drive will go towards helping veterans in need this Thanksgiving and Christmas season with meals and shopping cards so they may provide for their loved ones during the holidays. The organization will also work to help veterans find employment through new and innovative methods.