Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Veterans Job Training Grants

Nearly $624,000 in grants will be distributed to the City of Jacksonville and to two Volunteers of America of Florida groups, Cocoa Beach and Jacksonville, to support and enhance job training programs related to helping veterans succeed in civilian careers.

The grants are provided through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP).

"These resources will help many brave men and women who’ve served in our military transition from homelessness into civilian careers,” said U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL), in a news release Wednesday. "This grant money means veterans who’ve had difficulties making the transition will have a new opportunity. Additional job training is a benefit to veterans and a positive development for Florida communities."

These grants will assist homeless veterans with reintegration into America’s workforce. Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services. HVRP 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.

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