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JCPenney, JA Apparel help returning vets transition back to the work force

PLANO, Texas Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest non-profit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan announced that it has partnered with JCPenney and JA Apparel Corp., makers of JOE Joseph Abboud, to launch “Welcome Home Joe,” a national campaign that provides Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with $1 million in certificates to purchase professional attire as they transition to the civilian work force.

To be eligible, troops and veterans must be confirmed IAVA members. Veterans can register for their free membership at iava.org prior to signing up for the reward, which becomes available Oct. 8 on IAVA’s website. The first 5,000 qualified entries will receive $200 in certificates to purchase career apparel from JOE Joseph Abboud, a collection of sportswear, tailored clothing, dress furnishings, footwear and accessories for men available exclusively at JCPenney. Qualified entries from female veterans may select professional apparel from Worthington, JCPenney’s modern career wear brand. All active duty servicemembers, National Guard, reservists and veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are eligible for the giveaway.

“As a company that has a strong American heritage, we are so proud to partner with these two organizations to support our heroes,” said Anthony Sapienza, chief executive officer of JA Apparel Corp. “By helping veterans during their re-entry into the civilian work force, we are able to thank them for their service to our country.”