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

From left to right--Panasonic Chief Transformation and Human Resources Officer Steve Saffier, Staff Sergeant Jonnathon Yont, Rear Detachment Commander for Task Force Archangel, GI Go Executive Director Jack Fanous, Stephen Cafiero, Group Manager of EEO/AA & Inclusion, and CFO Mike Riccio.

NEWARK, NJ - Panasonic, one of the leading electronic companies in the world, became the first company to match its employee’s donations to the GI Go Fund’s Jeans for Troops Drive, leading the way for other companies to take charge in supporting our military veterans.

The company’s employees collected over $2,600 for the organization and its mission, which the company then matched to bring the final donation to $5,306.50, one of the highest totals ever from one organization to the drive in its four year history.

Panasonic CFO Mike Riccio presented the organization the check at the company’s new headquarters in Newark, NJ, which is also home to the GI Go Fund’s historic program created with then Mayor Cory Booker to assist military veterans in the area with their employment and housing needs.

“I am so thrilled to see this level of dedication from one company,” said GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous. “Panasonic has come here to Newark, where we have helped so many returning veterans. They recognize the importance of the work we do, and I am glad to see that the newest member of Newark’s corporate community has shown this level of dedication to our military veterans.”

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. This year, over 1,600 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.

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.

This year, the GI Go Fund is looking to expand access to health care for veterans that go beyond the limited options currently available to them, working on giving veterans the ability to avoid the lengthy and outrageous VA backlog and instead choose their own doctor.