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Ironia Elementary School Teachers Support the Troops

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RANDOLPH, NJ Ironia School honored Veterans Day, and the men and women who have died defending our country by raising funds for military veterans and their families.

On Nov. 12, teachers took part in the 2014 “Jeans for Troops” fundraising drive to benefit the Gi Go Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home to find employment, go to college, access their health and financial benefits, and link to housing.

During the drive, which has schools and companies from across the country participating in, Ironia Elementary School gave their employees the option to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the Gi Go Fund.

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“For generations, America’s teachers have been responsible for educating America’s children,” said Gi Go Fund Executive Director Jack Famous.  “They have always been individuals that mothers and fathers could rely on to set a positive example for their children.  This Veterans Day, teachers around the country have set the example to our children that this is a day to remember the men and women who fought to preserve our liberties, our freedoms, and the American way of life.”

The Gi Go Fund is an organization on the cutting edge of offering 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.  Since their founding, the organization has helped tens of thousands of veterans improve their lives and give them the capacity to provide and care for their loved ones.

In addition, the organization did tremendous work in 2014 helping veterans obtain greater access to health care services, working with members of Congress in the wake of the VA scandal to implement legislation that gives veterans the ability to use their VA benefits to receive private health care.

Proceeds from this program will go to help the organization further its mission for veterans.  Gi Go is currently looking to provide veterans with the tools and resources they need to find a steady job, from providing veterans with career mentorship to helping them access job training resources that will help them find employment with companies looking to hire veterans.

For more information about the Gi Go Fund, or see all the schools and businesses that are participating in the “Jeans for Troops” drive, visit www.gigofund.org

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