Yesterday morning, Goodwill staff and program participants marched down Fifth Avenue during the Veterans Day parade to honor the military men and women who served to protect our country. The Goodwill contingent joined the thousands of New Yorkers who saluted and cheered the Vets in the annual Manhattan parade.
For years, Goodwill programs have offered employment support services to U.S. veterans, but starting next month, we will provide a holistic integration of career services with family and financial strengthening services specific to Vets. More information about this program will become available by the end of the month.
This Veterans Day, we are proud to promote a Wall of Honor for veterans, those continuing to serve, and military families as sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.
The Wall of Honor, hosted online at www.walmart.com/wallofhonor, is a venue and opportunity where anyone can thank, support, acknowledge, recognize and share about the veterans in their lives. Please join us in helping bring people together in the largest virtual community of its kind by encouraging your colleagues and friends to submit a note, image or uplifting message on the wall.
Also, from Friday to Monday, November 8-11, to thank our Vets for their service, we offered free professional outfits at our 42 Goodwill area stores. Next week, we’ll report how many military men and women we helped this year.
In 2012, we held the first Goodwill Suits Vets in January to welcome the thousands of service men and women who return home from Iraq. During that event, we noticed that many Vets from previous wars continued to struggle to return to the workforce after serving their country. In an effort to help more veterans, we held two more events over the Memorial and Veterans Day weekends. In total, Goodwill gifted over $65,000 worth of interview-ready merchandise to more than 1,400 veterans.
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