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Tucker Calls on NJ Employers to Join "Jeans for Troops" Fundraising Drive in Support of NJ’s Military Men and Women

(NEWARK) – Assemblywoman Cleopatra G. Tucker (D-Essex) is calling on employers to join the G.I. Go Fund and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce in the 3rd Annual “Jeans for Troops” Fundraising Drive to support the thousands of New Jersey veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“For just $5 dollars, individuals can wear comfortable jeans to work, and more importantly, contribute to an organization that helps returning soldiers find jobs, go to college, find housing and get health care,” said Tucker, who chairs the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “It’s never been easier to support our troops, so I hope companies throughout the state and their employees will jump at the opportunity to lend a helping hand to those who have risked their lives for us.”

The Jeans for Troops Day will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012 in honor of Memorial Day. Companies that choose to participate in the fundraising drive allow employees to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the G.I. Go Fund. Several major employers have already signed up.

Tucker plans to issue a proclamation declaring May 24 “G.I. Go Jeans for Troops Day” and is working with local officials to have the City of Newark and Essex County issue similar proclamations.

The G.I. Go Fund is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides transition assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, by preparing veterans for the twenty- first century economy, securing educational and health benefits, and providing aid and assistance to low income and homeless veterans. Those interested in participating in the Jeans for Troops Fundraising Drive should contact Alex Manis at (973) 802-1614 or