Dignity U Wear’s Suit for Soldiers collaboration between Brooks Brothers and GE Capital is off to an incredible start. Earlier this month, veterans who are participating in the GEVN (GE Veteran Network) attended a suit fitting session in preparation for the upcoming Suits for Soldiers event that will take place in Atlanta, Ga., from November 4 thru 8.
Associates from three different Brooks Brothers stores, along with GE staff met at the GE National Guard Head Quarters at Dobbins Air Force Base, where they met with approximately 60 unemployed National Guard soldiers that have recently returned from Afghanistan and the Republic of GA. For two days the Brooks Brothers associates measured our veterans for the new suits they will be receiving during the November event, in which the veterans who are ready to transition to the civilian workforce, will have the opportunity to participate in a job fair, resume building and interview workshops.
The powerful testimonial below from one of the Brooks Brothers associates is an example of the great partnership between Dignity U Wear, Brooks Brothers and GE Capital:
I was asked if I would like to participate in an event that Brooks Brothers was hosting along with GE Capital called Suits for Soldiers. My name is Sheri Griffin and I have been an associate of Brooks Brothers for the past 34 years. I started when I was in college and am currently a key holder at Lenox Square. One of the things that I am most proud of as an associate of the company is their desire to give back to the community. Brooks Brothers had agreed to donate a suit to soldiers in the National Guard who were returning from either Afghanistan or the Republic of Georgia.
Along with my colleagues Jonathan Henderson, Wes Turner from the Perimeter Mall store and Heather Arceneaux from the Summit in Birmingham, we went to the Clay National Guard at Dobbins AFB where we met with Andy Scott and the representatives from GE Capital and Callie Leaver and Leslie Nelson who are officers in the Guard. We were told that the returning soldiers were in a class to help them transition back to civilian life.
Over the course of 2 days we met with and measured 48 soldiers. They were all very pleased and grateful to be receiving such special treatment. There were varying degrees of awareness on how to properly dress. Some of these soldiers had never been measured for a suit and shirt and some had a fair amount of knowledge, but they all seemed excited to be working with us! I felt honored to be a part of such a worthwhile event.
At the end of the second day, we were ushered into the classroom and thanked profusely for what we had done. I felt the thanks should go to these amazing soldiers who risk their lives to keep us safe at home.