Pay It Forward Friday: Suits For Soldiers
Challenging economic times and high unemployment rates hamper the efforts of many veterans after they leave the service or, for National Guard and Reserve soldiers, after return from long or multiple deployments. The unemployment rate for veterans, between 12.1% and 30.4%, is much higher than the published national average, and many soldiers have the added stress of coping with mental and physical disabilities which make the transition even more difficult.
In an effort to help, the Atlanta GE Veterans Network has partnered with Brooks Brothers and Dignity U Wear to assist service members in our area through a program called Suits for Soldiers.
Dignity U Wear is a non-profit organization based out of Jacksonville, FL, that provides Veterans with appropriate clothing for seeking employment and basic clothing necessities for those who have become homeless.
As in this article, you can see that a great deal has been accomplished already. Associates from three different Brooks Brothers stores, along with GEVeterans Network volunteers met with unemployed National Guard soldiers who have recently returned from Afghanistan and the Republic of Georgia. In addition to fitting the soldiers for suits, members of the GEVN teamed with the Georgia National Guard Joint and Family Services to conduct classes on resume building and interview skills as part of a job fair hosted at the Clay National Guard Center on Dobbins Air Force Base. The classes were aimed at developing a resume that best communicates transferable skills and the added values that service members provide employers.
On Monday, November 4th, the GEVeterans Network will host these 41 soldiers, Major General Jim Butterworth (the Adjutant General of the Georgia National Guard) and our partners at Brooks Brothers and Dignity U Wear to celebrate Veterans Day, thank program sponsors, and conduct additional training on resume and interviewing skills.To further support this great effort, the Atlanta GEVeterans Networkis conducting a clothing drive now through November 1st for additional items needed.
Over one million men and women in the Armed Service will return to the civilian job force in the next four years. Each brings a gift of service and reliability back with them. They are an asset to the country.