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Labor Department Grants to Provide Veterans Job Training

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011 – As part of an interagency effort to support America’s veterans, the Labor Department today announced $37 million in grants to provide job training for about 21,000 veterans, many of them homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced the grants today, awarded to continue successful programs into their second and third years.

Twenty-two grants totaling more than $9 million will provide job training to about 4,000 veterans to help them succeed in civilian careers, Labor Department officials said.

Those funds, provided through the Veterans Workforce Investment Program, emphasize training in “green” jobs related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, modern electric power development and clean vehicles.

“Our veterans sacrifice so much for our country, so it is important that we provide assistance to them when they return home from active duty,” Solis said. “These grants will help veterans access the resources they need to find good jobs and build a bright future for themselves and their families.”

Solis also announced 122 grants totaling more than $28 million to provide job training to about 17,000 veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

These grants, awarded under the Labor Department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, include $4.3 million for the Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families Program and $3.9 million for the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program that helps veterans who have served time in justice facilities, officials said.

Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job-search and placement assistance and follow-up services, through the programs.

“The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program is recognized as an extraordinarily efficient and effective program, and is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on employment of veterans who are homeless,” Solis said. “I am pleased that the department can assist these veterans and their families.”

The Labor Department grants are awarded to state and local agencies, boards and nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated through first-year funding their ability to administer effective programs to veterans within their geographic areas, officials said.

More information on the Labor Department’s unemployment and re-employment programs is posted at http://www.dol.gov/vets.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen has been a staunch advocate of programs to support veterans who have transitioned from military service.

“They bring home a potential that is unimaginable for the future of our country,” he said May 11 at Arizona State University’s Phoenix campus. “This is an exceptional group, and they will make a difference for a long time to come.”

Mullen recognized the Post-9/11 GI Bill as a big step in helping tens of thousands of veterans get the training and education many seek. But he also called communities a key part of helping combat veterans make a smooth transition following wartime service.

“If we can just open up our lens to be inclusive of them as they return home, with that little boost, I really believe they will take off and make a huge difference for the future,” he said.

Meanwhile, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki is leading President Barack Obama’s effort to eliminate homelessness among veterans by 2015.

“As the president has said, 'We're not going to be satisfied until every veteran who has fought for America has a home in America,'" Shinseki told the Marine Corps League in February. "If you wonder what I will be working on for the next several years, this is it. We will end veteran homelessness in 2014."

 

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8/16/2011 5:35:41 PM
Bright Star is a Vocational Training, Rehabilitation and Job Placement Service providing support and assistance to veterans in New Jersey and is looking to expand it's successful program to New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Illinois and other key cities and states where there are large concentrations of unemployed, homeless or disabled veterans. Learn more about BrightStarScanning.org by visiting our website.
- Dorothy Nicholson, Newark, New Jersey

6/6/2011 1:59:42 AM
Extra funding for veterans training?... I recently was laid off from my job I went to the NYS dept. of labor filed for unemployment, asked for retraining or training in a new field. The worker flat out refused there is no money for any training. Although I have been out of the service for 15 years i have never requested any type of assistance before. Left the office feeling as if i was bothering the workers by asking for any help. NYS dept. of labor has signs all over the office - let us know if you are a veteran but the only thing they do for veterans is nothing. They will send you to a private so called non profit company that they send everybody to, for job screening. the governor, the mayor of NYC and all elected officals should be ashamed of themselves. I can only guess where this money will really go..
- michael rodd, New York City

6/2/2011 11:48:46 AM
NOT ONE VETERAN WILL GET REAL JOB TRAINING WITH THIS FUNDING.... Every penny will be spend on ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS "Life Skills" & "Anger Management" nonsense & Supervised Resume Classes by armed guards; veteran NEED something to put ON their resumes. SORTING CLOTHES AT GOODWILL IS NOT "JOB TRAINING"; IT'S SLAVE LABOR!
- August, San Francisco

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