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Top US Military Officer Visits Goodwill

The United State's Director of the Defense Logistics Agency , Lieutenant General Robert T. Dail, toured Goodwill Industries of South Florida' s military apparel manufacturing headquarters late Wednesday for the highest level military visit to Goodwill. General Dail met with Dennis Pastrana, President and CEO of Goodwill, to discuss Goodwill's sewn products capacity and capability. Congressman Kendrick Meek was instrumental in the scheduling of this visit. The Congressman's membership on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee of Armed Services and his commitment for apparel job stability at Goodwill have proven vital. General Dail was in the Miami area for the last several days on other military business and used this opportunity to visit Goodwill, one of Department of Defense's top apparel manufacturers.

Goodwill manufactures large amounts of military clothing and flags as part of Goodwill's vocational rehabilitation program designed to help people with severe disabilities overcome the negative effects of their disabilities and learn job skills to help them eventually become competitively employed, self supporting and independent.

"General Dail' s visit is an important step in a series of Goodwill's activities to ensure the stability of sewing jobs on military clothing for Goodwill employees. We believe that through this visit we can deepen the military's understanding of our mission, vocational rehabilitation, and our need to provide stable employment for employees with severe disabilities performing every day at our apparel manufacturing facility" Pastrana said . Goodwill manufacturers over $25 million dollars of apparel items for Department of Defense. Items produced include combat uniforms, caps and women's dress pants.


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