The G.I. Go Fund
Where Veterans Go Forward
Nationwide “Jeans For Troops” Fundraising Drive Has over 1,000 Schools, Companies,
and Government Agencies Supporting Returning Veterans in Honor of Memorial Day
Article by James Fanous
The program has enjoyed tremendous success in the past, as over 600 companies, schools, municipalities,
and government agencies took part in the drive, raising over $175,000 for veterans. Participating
employers from 2012 included Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), Marsh &
McLennan, Cablevision, and the Port Authority of NY/NJ. This year, the drive will have over 140,000
employees from coast to coast joining the movement for our veterans, expanding the level of support for
the organization to new bounds.
“This Memorial Day, the community of GI Go supporters has grown to its largest ever, with over 140,000
people joining forces together with our organization to recognize the tremendous sacrifice the members of
our military have given for our freedoms,” said GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous. “I am so proud
that a small movement that began with just a few participants has grown to a nationwide effort that is paying
tribute and remembrance to our military.”
The GI Go Fund is an organization on the cutting edge in providing support to veterans, providing veterans
with innovative ways of finding employment, securing their educational and health benefits, as well as
providing aid and assistance to low income and homeless veterans. From working to make the newest
class of Firefighters in a city to feature all veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to working with the VA to
prevent a veteran who requested assistance via Twitter as he was losing his home, the GI Go Fund has
changed the way veterans receive the support they need.
Their approach to assisting veterans has been featured on several nationwide media outlets, including Fox
News, the Associated Press, and on the ABC reality series “Secret Millionaire”, which highlighted the group’
s efforts with homeless veterans.
In addition, the organization has done tremendous work for veterans who were affected by Hurricane
Sandy, providing rapid response to victims of the storm by delivering thousands of blankets and needed
clothing and other supplies to shelters across the region, as well as bringing Emergency Financial
Assistance and Toys for the Holidays for the thousands of Veterans devastated by the storm in the months
The drive’s success is due in large part to the support of hundreds of schools from all across the country,
who are supporting veterans through the drive while using it as a teachable moment for their students to
educate them about the sacrifices made by our military. This has been a guiding principle for schools
participating in the program, especially for the NJEA, who alone has over 300 of its own schools taking part
in this effort of supporting our returning troops.
“NJEA is proud to sponsor the GI Go Fund’s Jeans for Troops program,” said NJEA President Barbara
Keshishian. “Our members, many of whom are veterans themselves, are committed to supporting our
troops as a way of thanking them for their service.”
The “Jeans for Troops” Drive occurs twice a year during the Memorial and Veterans Day holidays to help
the veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as veterans from all conflicts. The GI Go
Fund has received an unprecedented level of support from employees across the country, and the
continued support of America’s companies and schools will have an enormous impact on the lives of the
millions of our nation’s veterans and their families.
2008-2012. The G.I. Go Fund is a 501(c)(3) charity organization.
Over 140,000 Employees from coast to coast participate in program benefiting the GI Go Fund to help
them in their efforts to assist veterans with their needs
|Jack Fanous, Executive Director of The GI Go Fund, along with Alex Manis and James
Fanous, join Wendell Steinhauer of the NJEA in participating in Jeans for Troops Day.
(l to r-James Fanous, Jack Fanous, Wendell Steinhauer, and Alex Manis)
More than 1,000 schools, companies,
and government agencies are in the
midst of a nationwide movement to
support returning veterans this
Memorial Day to get the assistance and
support they need as they come home.
Employers from all sectors, from
schools and teacher associations to
government agencies and Fortune 100
companies are participating in the GI
Go Fund “Jeans for Troops” Drive on
Thursday, May 23 to help raise funds
for veterans and their families.
Employers from across the country will
allow employees to wear jeans to work
for a $5 donation to help the GI Go
Fund further its mission of providing
veterans with help finding employment
and educational opportunities,
homelessness assistance, and
connections to critical benefits.