|NJEA Vice President Wendell Steinhauer joins Sen. Linda Greenstein and staff from the GI Go Fund in recognition of “Jeans for Troops Day.” From left to right are: GI Go Fund Director of Communications James Fanous and Deputy Director Alex Manis, Greenstein, GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous, and Steinhauer.
There’s one reason why one-third of the schools participating in “Jeans for Troops Day” are in New Jersey: NJEA. So says Jack Fanous, executive director of the GI Go Fund, who credits the association with spreading the word about this important fundraising effort. Money is raised when employees at participating schools and businesses pay $5 to wear jeans on “Jeans for Troops Day.”
The program is sponsored by the GI Go Fund, a nonprofit that provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, by helping them find employment, access housing, and secure their educational and health benefits.
This is the fourth year that GI Go Fund has held “Jeans for Troops” on the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend. Not only do NJEA staff members participate, but the Association has encouraged 370 New Jersey schools to do the same. In addition, NJEA has contributed directly to the GI Go Fund.
Because of this level of support, NJEA was acknowledged in a resolution from the N.J. Senate that encouraged all New Jerseyans and employers to participate in this “fitting tribute to our veterans.”
“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.”
“School employees wearing jeans for troops also provides a teachable moment so that New Jersey students understand the tremendous sacrifice made by those in military service,” added NJEA Vice President Wendell Steinhauer.