Foundation Outfits Veterans for Job Interviews

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Foundation Outfits Veterans for Job Interviews


Scinto, Rich, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


By Rich Scinto

Register Staff rscinto@nhregister.com

MILFORD--Many clothing sales surround Independence Day, but it's hard to beat free.

The non-profit Save a Suit Foundation had its first suit giveaway for veterans Tuesday, just in time for Independence Day.

"We knew there was a need from talking to the different veterans associations across the state," said Save a Suit Founder and President Scott Sokolow-ski, who served in the United States Air Force for six years.

Veterans flocked to a small storefront in the Westfield Connecticut Post Mall, 1201 Boston Post Road, around 11 a.m. Veterans showed their military IDs and were then measured and outfitted with a donated suit.

Between 100 and 150 veterans attended the event, said Save a Suit Executive Director Jessica Ewud.

"It's extremely important the way you present yourself in an interview," she said. "You have about 30 seconds to give a good first impression."

Veterans young and old came to get outfitted for the business world.

Former Marine Rick Velez served on active duty for four years and graduated from college with a bachelor's in finance. Velez heard about the event through a Department of Labor Veterans Affairs representative, he said.

"I thought it'd be a perfect opportunity to come down and get a suit so I can be tailor-made to go to interviews," he said. …

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