7:30 AM EDT, August 1, 2013
Hampstead-based retailer Jos. A Bank Clothiers will give away business suits to more than 5,000 recently discharged veterans in a promotion with the Gary Sinise Foundation.
The "Uniform of Success" promotion, geared toward helping veterans re-enter the workforce, ran during the first week of July at Jos. A. Bank stores nationwide. Customers who bought a suit got two free suits with an additional suit donated to a veteran.
The retailer, which operates 606 stores in 44 states and the District of Columbia, did not say how many suits it raised through the promotion.
"Our goal was to give a minimum of 5,000 suits, and we far exceeded our goal," Bank CEO Neal Black said this week in a statement. The chain put no limit on the number of suit donations, he said.
The Gary Sinise Foundation, formed by actor and musician Gary Sinise to help Americans in the military, is selecting veterans to get vouchers for Jos. A. Bank suits.
"Wearing a new suit to a job interview improves self-confidence and boosts morale," Sinise said in the announcement. "Our foundation aims to do both for these people who sacrificed so much for America in service to their country."
Sinise put together the Lt. Dan Band in a tribute to his role as disabled vet Lt. Dan Taylor in the movie "Forest Gump." The band performs concerts for the military and their families on behalf of the foundation and the USO.
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