Harlan Siebert served as the parade marshal for this year's Veterans Day Parade in Uptown Jackson. Photo by Jay Forness
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Farmers Insurance agent seeking donations for Suits for Soldiers

by Elane Moonier ~ Features Editor

The Suits for Soldiers Program has been launched here in Jackson for the second year now by Farmers Insurance Agent Kirk Miller.

The program helps provide business attire for men or women who have been in the military and are transitioning into civilian life and the workforce.

Miller is accepting donations from the community of new or gently worn business attire to be passed on to veterans through the Veteran Student Affairs Office at Southeast Missouri State University.

Last year, Miller received donations of  approximately four car loads of business attire which benefited many local veterans.

“It was a very successful drive,” Miller said. “We were pleased with the generosity of people in our community in wanting to help these veterans.”

“This is a program designed to help returning soldiers make the transition to civilian life,” Miller said. “We believe everyone knows a veteran or the family of a veteran, and we decided this would be a great way to give back to the men and women who have given their service to our country. It is something we can do to help them get back on their feet.”

He encouraged everyone to look through their closets for appropriate clothing which is no longer used  and which could be donated for this cause.

Over one million military personnel will be making the transition to the civilian workforce in the next couple of years, and many of them will not have access to business attire that will help them with job interviews.

Miller said this national program is designed to help fill that need, and Farmers Insurance will be participating in the program again this year, with each agent deciding if they wish to participate.

Anyone who has new or gently worn business attire for either men or women they would like to donate, can bring them to the Farmers Insurance office at 1233 Old Cape Road.

Either Miller, or Whitney Tate, Customer Service Representative, will be there to accept them.

Clothing will be accepted on an ongoing basis with no deadline for donations, Miller noted. Any veteran who is in need of business attire can also contact Miller or Tate at 204-4444.

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