The pandemic has not stopped war and veterans are still returning from active military duty. These veterans must still prepare for civilian careers that require them to return to school for additional education or training; however, some of these courses and trainings aren’t financially covered by the GI Bill.
To make educational expenses less of a burden for former service members, Sport Clips Haircuts launched “Help A Hero" at participating locations, wherein clients can get a haircut now through December 5 to donate.
More than 1,750 military and student veterans have benefitted from Help A Hero Scholarships. These scholarships provide up to $5,000 of assistance per semester, per family, to help cover the cost of tuition and fees for those in the rank of E-5 and below.
"Supporting our nation's military remains a priority for our veteran-founded business," says Edward Logan, president and CEO of Sport Clips. “Even though all of our stores were temporarily closed to meet state and local COVID-19 mandates, almost all Sport Clips locations are open again. Stylists are working hard to make clients comfortable and excited to return to their normal haircut routine, and we are honored to once again support the Help A Hero program for those who have given so much for us. We're grateful to our franchisees, team members and clients who faithfully support these important scholarships."
New, for the seventh year of the Help A Hero scholarship program, is a "text to donate" option. Text "HERO" to 71777. Through text, donors can donate directly to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation that administers the VFW’s "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program.
Also new, the Sport Clips Clean Certified promise that stores will offer updated, next-level cleanliness and safety precautions for clients who come in for a haircut and donate via the store's kiosk.
Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts on Veterans Day November 11, 2020, to service members and veterans with valid military identification.
Also on Veterans Day, the company donates an additional dollar for every haircare service to the scholarship program, which added $100,000 to the total raised last year.