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FEB 2019

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In December 2018, after this article was written, Mary Findlay (left) unexpectedly passed away. Her work goes on through the local chapter of AUSA and its volunteers. More information on Suits for Service Mem- bers can be found at ausatacoma.com/suits_for_service_members . Monetary donations may be mailed to AUSA, P.O. Box 33181, JBLM, WA 98433, noting Suits for Service Members on the check memo line. Nordstrom's provided a tall, slender E-6 with a suit that, together with his extensive resume, won him a job in the Midwest. There he was told, "You're the only one who came dressed appropriately. You probably won't need to wear a suit like that very often, but when you do, you'll know what to wear and have it." Studies have shown the value of showing up in clothes appropriate for the job that is being sought. Transitioning service members gain a significant edge by having modern, business appropriate clothing for civilian job interviews and employment. Suits is proud to support their new civilian mission. H HOW TO START: Suits for Service Members asks that qualified ser- vice members first go to the The Exchange or any clothing store to get measured to determine their current sizes. Men, who can be outfitted in sizes 30 to 46, require jacket size, waist and inseam of slacks, and neck and sleeve length of shirts. Women also need their current measurements to be properly fitted for dresses, tops, jackets, suits, shirt, and slacks that range from 0 to 14 in size. WHAT'S NEEDED: Suits for Service Members asks that dona- tions be new or gently used, clean, and smoke free, without burn holes and on a hanger, rather than wadded or folded in bags. Men's belts and ties (non-novelty) are also accepted. As of this writing, the greatest need is for suit- able women's clothing in sizes 0 to 12, including current maternity clothing, suitable for a job interview. The group also seeks men's cloth- ing in sizes 28 to 32 and extra-long jackets. Mary Findlay and Denise Dhane stand beside recently acquired mannequins displaying civilian clothes available to service members transitioning to civilian life. A generous suit donation by Men's Wearhouse helped to outfit 6΄, 5" transitioning service member Adam Elliott. FEBRUARY 2019 / MILITARYSPOUSE.COM 25

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