With Veterans Day being so close to so many hearts, local businesses such as Farmers Insurance are going above and beyond to provide for the soldiers who may not be able to provide apparel for future employment for themselves after returning from service.
Farmers Insurance started the Suits for Soldiers campaign on Nov. 11 and will continue to accept donations of suits until Dec. 12. Men’s and women’s gently used suits will be collected and distributed to military veterans who will be transitioning into the civilian world. Farmers Insurance has a proud tradition of working with military organizations and veterans to assist with their transition from active duty responsibilities to civilian careers. This Suits for Soldiers initiative is just the latest demonstration of the Farmers Insurance commitment to supporting members of the military.
Farmers Insurance has earned the recognition of being a top 150 military employer and a top 50 military spouse employer by MilitaryFriendly.com. In addition to providing career opportunities to veterans, Farmers Insurance has just recently announced a partnership with Team Rubicon, which is a nonprofit that enlists military veterans as first responders to help with disaster relief. Team Rubicon will also be supplementing the on-the-ground relief efforts Farmers Insurance already provides customers following a major disaster.
Sheppard Bowen, a Farmers Insurance Agent for over four years and a military veteran, returned to his hometown of Georgia to be the first agent to open the doors at the Cartersville Farmers Insurance Agency. When asked about Bowen’s inspiration and drive for working with his company to be able to help those that he has so much history with, he was very supportive of everything and everyone involved.
“Farmers Insurance has a remarkable network of agency owners who are active in their communities and have a deep respect and appreciation for our nation’s military. That’s the one reason Farmers’ agents, like myself, are thrilled to do our part to help veterans find fulfilling work and are able to put their best foot forward with free business attire suitable for interviews,” Bowen said.
In collaboration with the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program and several other military and veteran organizations, Farmers Insurance has launched its very first East Coast Suits for Soldiers drive.
“I’ve taken a personal interest in this effort because I understand, first hand, the challenge successfully transitioning from the military life to a civilian career and I want to help out as many other veterans as I can,” Bowen said.
“Many veterans aren’t always aware of the many opportunities that are available to them and programs like this go a long way towards helping transitioning veterans, and ultimately, our local communities as well.”
“There is a great big world of opportunity out there and the training and values instilled in members of the military are the perfect foundation for true success,” Bowen said.
The overall goal for the Suits for Soldiers campaign is to collect 5,000 men’s and women’s suits through Dec. 12. In Bowen’s office alone, there have been 50 suits pledged and all Farmers Insurance representatives are highly encouraging the public to partake in this effort for the veterans.
“I’m thrilled to be doing my part for my fellow veterans and I hope people will come to my office over the next several weeks to drop off their gently-used suits,” Bowen said.