May 23, 2012
-- Brides Across America was recently honored by the Joining Forces program, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families, which was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The last Operation Wedding Gown Giveaway event made headlines when it was featured on NBC's "Making a Difference" with Brian Williams.
Through Brides Across America’s partnership with bridal salons, military brides will be shopping for free designer bridal gowns. A select number of gowns to be given away to qualifying brides on a first come first serve basis.
In order to qualify, brides or their fiancé must be on active duty in the military, either currently deployed or deployed within the last five years to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya, Kuwait or Japan. Identification and deployment papers must be presented at the event to qualify.
As part of Brides Across America’s commitment to support our troops and veterans, the non-profit organization will be hosting its annual bridal gown giveaway at salons nationwide. From Los Angeles to New York, bridal salons nationwide joined forces by giving away free designer wedding gowns to military brides. To date, Brides Across America has donated over 7,000 wedding gowns from prominent designers. The donated gowns are valued between $500 and $4,000 and range in size.
Without organizations like Brides Across America, many military brides would not have the chance to pick out a designer gown for their special day due to economic circumstances. Brides Across America’s founder, Heidi Janson, wants to continue making dreams come true to military couples that have not had the opportunity to plan their dream wedding due to deployment. “Our continued efforts as an organization are to bring awareness to our communities. My goal is to make sure we don’t forget all the servicemen and women overseas fighting for our freedom”. Our organization continues to grow as many men and women are coming home from overseas. Our goal is to give away up to 10,000 wedding gowns this year.
For military brides who are interested in more information on how to qualify or to inquire about dates and locations contact Brides Across America please visit www.bridesacrossamerica.com.
About Brides Across America
Brides Across America is a Massachusetts based charitable organization that focuses on providing free wedding gowns to those military brides that have not been able to have their dream wedding. Brides Across America is connecting with bridal salons across the nation to help spread the military spirit. Since 2007, Brides Across America and its partners have made a difference in the lives of many military brides.