Words by Tess Becker
Veterans in the US transitioning from military to civilian life don’t always have the easiest time. Even with concerted efforts from the Veterans Association and the wider government over 30,000 veterans find themselves homeless every year. On top of that veterans struggle to find consistent well paying work.
One nonprofit wants to help them.
The organization, called Save a Suit, provides veterans with proper work attire so they can get back into the workforce. Veterans or transitioning service members can request a free suit and then continue on.
“I saw so much need in the veteran community that I knew I needed to get more involved,” Save a Suit executive director Alex Carerra said. “My cousin is currently serving, so this is something that is near and dear to my heart.”
Save A Suit operates as a store on eBay and at free distribution events across the country. They collect donated work attire, for people of all gender distinctions, so everyone can find the clothes they need.
Over the years, over 9,000 pounds of clothing have been donated, and over 5,000 veterans have been supported.
“We can outfit our veterans with confidence so they can put their best selves forward as they navigate their new normal,” they write on their website.
“We do it because we call these brave men and women our heroes. We call them our friends. We call them our clients. And we call you to help.”
Support Save a Suit by finding out more and seeing how you can get involved.