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DALLAS—With approximately 8 percent of veterans finding themselves unemployed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, optical retailer Eyemart Express will team up with the U.S. Army's Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) to work on programs that seek to reduce this statistic. The program guarantees soldiers a job interview for potential employment at the optical retailer's 223 stores across the country. “We are proud to be a veteran-friendly company and we value the skills and experiences veterans bring to the optical industry,” said Gianna Venturi, Eyemart Express’ chief people officer. “When veterans become Eyemart associates, they are trained in a trade which will lead to new opportunities and career paths within the optical industry. We appreciate the discipline, leadership, dedication, and organized skill sets that military members gain during their service and we look forward to bringing more of those skills to our team."

Eyemart Express is also thanking veterans, active and inactive duty military personnel, and their families for their service with a 20 percent discount on eyewear purchases.

The everyday discount can be used toward more than 2,000 frames within the retailer’s optical selection. Military customers simply need to present a valid military, dependent, retiree, or DD214 card at the time of purchase to save on top of the company's already affordable prices.

To further aid veterans, the optical retailer is strengthening its relationship with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the nation's largest nonprofit veterans' service organization, as its exclusive vision care provider. Eyemart Express has continued to help relieve financial burdens for military families with an annual donation to the VFW Unmet Needs program. The donation prevented 38 families from becoming homeless or going hungry, and helped turned utilities back on for some.

"We are grateful to have Eyemart Express as a dedicated supporter to help us support our veterans," said Kevin Jamison, VFW Foundation’s deputy director. "The generosity of Eyemart has helped us make a large impact in the lives of veterans who need a 'hand up' during a hard time." Learn more about Eyemart Express' military initiatives here.