The annual Sport Clips Haircuts’ “Help A Hero” is in full swing, and you can help service members and veterans take the next step toward civilian careers through education when you visit a local store. Now through Veterans Day, November 11, you can “Help A Hero” when you get a haircut at any Sport Clips location across the U.S. The goal again this year is to raise $1 million to benefit veterans through the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW)-administered scholarship program.
The VFW and Sport Clips established the Help A Hero scholarship program in 2013, but have worked together for more than a decade to support America’s service members and their families. The “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program provides up to $5,000 of assistance to qualified individuals who have served in the military, are in need of financial assistance, and are pursuing an education at post-secondary institutions, including trade schools. To date, Sport Clips, clients, team members and product partners have raised more than $3 million for the program, which resulted in more than 800 scholarships being awarded.
“The first Help A Hero Scholarship recipients are completing their studies and securing meaningful work. It's fulfilling to see them employed, helping others, supporting themselves and their families, and reaching career goals with the help of these scholarships. Even though the GI Bill has been recently updated, it still doesn't cover all the expenses many veterans have when they return from active duty and enroll in school. Privately funded scholarships are critical to numerous veterans when they seek further education,” said Sport Clips Founder and CEO Gordon Logan, an Air Force veteran and VFW Life member. “This is one of the best ways we can say 'thank you' for what these men and women have given to our country, and it's an honor to serve them through the support of these scholarships.”
Donations to the Help A Hero campaign will be collected by Sport Clips stylists and other team members in stores and at local fundraising events. Sport Clips will also hold “The Biggest Haircut Day of the Year” on Veterans Day, November 11, when the company donates a dollar for every haircare service to the scholarship program, and many participating stores will also offer free haircuts to service members and veterans with valid military identification.
“We’ve fought hard to expand the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, protecting and expanding educational benefits for future generations,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. “Together with Sport Clips’ support, we will continue to ensure today’s service members and veterans receive every opportunity for success, one scholarship at a time.”
Sport Clips is the official haircutter of the VFW, and its Help A Hero program is just one of many ways the company supports active-duty military and veterans. To find out more, visit your local Sport Clips or SportClips.com.
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