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Program helps veterans get suits

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When veterans return to civilian life, many are in need of a job and need to dress for success.

Save-A-Suit is a program in Connecticut that helps veterans who cannot afford a suit get one.  

"It feels pretty good. It feels different,” veteran Carlos Albert said. “I like it"

Albert served in the United States Army from 1999 until 2002. Since then, he has hit some rough spots from post-traumatic stress.

"Ups and downs, different situations I put myself in, good and bad,” Albert said.

On Tuesday, after getting a new suit, shirt, tie and shoes, Albert said he feels like a whole new man.

"I'm in a good place now and I'm excited to see what the future holds,” Albert said.

The program is part of a partnership with a nonprofit called Save-A-Suit, which collects donated suit, and Aspen Dental, which offers complimentary dental work.

“I notice that they do have a lot of advanced cases. They need serious care,” Dr. Patrick with Aspen Dental said. “I would assume they're not getting good insurance"

The program is in its fifth year and since then has taken off. Many veterans contacted them later to say it helped them nail that job.

“He had been unemployed for several years. He just needed a suit,” Jessica Ewud with said. “Finally, he got a job interview at a security firm and he actually interviewed with that firm and he called us the other day to let us know he got the job"

Hamilton Moore has had his ups-and-downs since leaving the United States Air Force, but a new look means a new attitude.

"I'm currently unemployed right now, but I'm steadily putting applications in, sending my resume out,” Moore said. “Hopefully this suit will get me an interview and maybe a job.”

The Save-A-Suit non profit group is always looking for more suits. With more and more female veterans, they always need ladies attire. If you would like to donate or receive items, click here

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