May 25, 2017
Jeans for Troops Marks its 6 year Anniversary with Thousands of Organizations Hosting Dress down Days to Support Veterans and Honor Memorial Day
Employees at over 1,500 Schools, Companies and Government Agencies honored our men and women in uniform during nationwide dress down day; NJ State Assembly Declaring May 25 to be “Jeans for Troops Day”
(TRENTON, NJ) – For the sixth straight year, 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 1,500 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 25 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.
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.
This year marks the 6-year anniversary of the Jeans for Troops drive, which began as a dress down day with only a dozen participating companies the first year. It has sinceswelled to thousands of companies and schools and millions of participants nationwide celebrating Jeans for Troops Day twice a year in honor of Memorial day and Veterans Day.
“The support that we have received over the past five years has been nothing short of miraculous,” said GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous. “We have had millions of participants join in on this simple dress down day to show how much the men and women of our military mean to them, and how much they want to support them with whatever difficulties they may face. I speak for everyone in this organization when I say how honored and humbled we feel for the level of support we have received these past five years, and we look forward to using the support we have received to help more veterans throughout the country.”
The drive has received strong support from all levels, including statewide government. The NJ State Assembly issued a proclamation designating May 25 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 proclamation was presented to Director Fanous and NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer, whose organization has been a terrific sponsor of the drive for the past four years.
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 over five years ago, and we will be able to achieve great things for our veterans thanks to your support!