November 12, 2007

Veterans Get the "Welcome Home" They Deserve

The GI Go Fund assisted the East Orange VA Transition Center in planning and hosting a Welcome Home event for all veterans with the primary goal of providing access to essential services otherwise unknown to our veterans.

The GI Go Fund assisted the East Orange VA Transition Center in planning and hosting a Welcome Home event for all veterans with the primary goal of providing access to essential services otherwise unknown to our veterans.

The event was held to provide soldiers with the opportunity to bring their families and enjoy a day of fun and relaxation, a key to helping our veterans transition back to civilian life. The GI Go donated food and prizes to add an element of fun to the event.

“We wanted to contribute to the VA’s efforts to reach out to our vets,” said GI Go Vice President Alexander Manis. “They know just what kind of hardships a soldier faces when he or she returns home, and how one of the most effective remedies is for them to remember the joys that everyday life in America can bring. Food, prizes, a family environment, they all help in giving these veterans the type of relief they need.”

GI Go donated hundreds of hot dogs and beverages to the event, along with prizes that included an autographed football from former New York Giants superstar Tiki Barber, Nets Basketball and Jon Bon Jovi tickets, and a grand prize of $1,000 for education assistance. Most of the prizes were given away by GI Go President Jack Fanous, who felt the best part of the event was the family atmosphere.

“I know the veterans enjoyed the prizes, but that’s not why they came. They wanted to enjoy a day with their families; a day that was all about fun,” said Fanous.

Along with the prizes, GI Go offered information to all the veterans in attendance about the vast array of services they provide.

“We want all our veterans to know that fun days with family and friends do not need to occur at any particular function. Because it is not the event that makes the day fun, but rather the attitude the soldier brings with him.

When a veteran suffers from PTSD or is having troubles with work or bills, he or she will always feel dejected. Our goal is to give them the help they need so they can enjoy the life and the people they went to protect,” said Fanous