Goodwill initiative providing vets with needed work attire


HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Memorial Day is just one way for us to say thank you to our Veterans and one local store wants to show their appreciation, just a little bit more.

"Any veteran has the ability to come in, show us their Military I.D. and receive free clothing," said President and CEO of Herkimer ARC, Kevin Crosley.

The Herkimer ARC and Goodwill are giving away up to $75 worth free clothing for veterans. The Goodwill Store in Herkimer is saluting our Veterans this Memorial Day weekend with a program they're calling "Goodwill Suits Vets."

Goodwill Store Manager in Herkimer, Shelly Stewart, says that she is honored to help those who have served our country.

"It's just something small to give them attire for interviews, getting back into the workforce back to normal life, I guess," Stewart said. "So we just want to thank them and it's a great weekend to appreciate them."

So, from now, until Monday, May 28, Veterans can receive up to $75 worth of free clothing from the Goodwill Store. All one has to do is show your Military I.D.

Shelly Stewart says that anything the Veterans need, they can get.

"Not everyone goes to work in a suit and tie," she said. "They may not need that particular attire. If what they're going to get into is construction work, we can do t-shirts, jeans and work boots."

Crosley says that, he too, is happy to help.

"We just figured this is one small way that we could contribute back and thank them for the service they give us," he said.

Veterans Outreach Center Project Director Teresa Fava-Schram says this Memorial Day promotion is a great way to give back.

"It contributes to their sense of well being, their sense of worth," Fava-Schram said. "It can help in a multitude of ways. Not just as far as bringing in financial assistance to themselves and their family, but it also makes them feel like they're contributing to society, which is important, to make them feel good about themselves."

Veterans can go to any participating Goodwill store for this promotion.

For more on the Goodwill Suits Vets initiative, you can find information online.

Senator Gillibrand recently released numbers of unemployment among veterans. Those numbers can be found online here.

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