Program helps women vets find civilian jobs

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SAN DIEGO -- From heels to professional attire, Operation Dress Code is helping women veterans transition to civilian careers.

It’s a new program in San Diego, first implemented in Sacramento. The clothing drive kicked off Thursday and ends Nov. 9.

“It just gives them the confidence to go out for job interviews and internships,” said Holly Shaffner of the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park.

Many women vets struggle with adjusting to civilian careers once they return home because they don't know how to properly dress for the workplace.

“You have no idea how to do that and wear a lot of the stuff,” said Lindsey Syn, U.S. Navy veteran.

Sun said many women have only worn one or two uniforms while deployed.

“I know I didn’t have the proper attire to begin my professional career when I first came out of the military,” Syn said.

Syn spent ten years in the military. When she served, there wasn’t a program like Operation Dress Code to help women vets look the part professionally.

“It’s knowing how something fits on your own body and understanding how to pair some of the patterns and colors and things like that,” Syn said.

Pink bins will be displayed at several locations across San Diego until Nov. 9.

Organizers are hoping to fill them by Nov. 14, when a free and personalized shopping experience will be given to women who are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The event will take place at Ashford University.

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