Suiting our veterans

Saturday, Nov. 11, was Veterans’ Day, when we pay special tribute to all those who have served in our armed forces.

In honor of the day – which coincides with Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I – we thought you’d like to know about a recent event at the Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls that “suited” new vets to a T and how you can continue to help.

According to the Department of Defense, more than 1 million military personnel will make the transition from the military to the civilian workforce in coming years. Many of these veterans may not own the appropriate attire needed to attend networking events, interviews or the workplace.

That’s where “Suits for Soldiers” comes in. The event made its second-annual stop at the theater on Oct. 28 with the goal of providing some recently-discharged men and women of the armed forces with business attire. Attendees were encouraged to bring a suit to the event, and in total, more than 80 suits were collected for veterans.

Those suits will be distributed through Save-A-Suit, a nonprofit that offers new and gently used clothing to veterans as they transition into the civilian workforce.

During the evening event, the audience enjoyed a few drinks – and more than a few laughs, courtesy of comedians like Brewster native Tom Briscoe.

All kidding aside, we thank our servicemen and women for their particular devotion to our country. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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-Aleesia Forni

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