November 9, 2012


State Representatives Ed Jutila and Betty Boukus (D-Plainville/New Britain) along with other legislators, representatives from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and the United States Secret Service held a press conference and loaded clothing they had collected for “Boots to Suits” and the “Save a Suit Program” for military veterans.

“These are programs that I personally take great pleasure in supporting. Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line to serve our country and it is only fitting we do everything we can to let them know we appreciate their service,” Rep. Jutila said. “A good way to direct resources where they are needed is to focus on the transition from the military to the job market.”

Rep. Boukus said, “It is important to remember the veterans who have given so much for our country.  During these challenging economic times the number of veterans in need of a helping hand has grown. Both Boots to Suits and Save a Suit are great ways to show our men and women in uniform how much we care.”

Legislators and staff have been collecting donations since July in collaboration with a statewide collection by the New Haven Secret Service Resident Office for “Boots to Suits,” which helps provide college graduates and veterans with professional business attire for job interviews and employment to help them transition back to civilian life.

The “Save a Suit Program” is part of The Save-A-Suit Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides college graduates and veterans with professional business attire.