Saturday, June 4, 2011

$28 Million to Help Homeless and at Risk Veterans

On Thursday June 2, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced that 122 grants worth over
$28 million to provide assistance to almost 17,000 who are homeless or at risk to become homeless
with job training to assist them in obtaining civilian careers.

The grants which include funding in Wyoming, Iowa, Colorado and Missouri were awarded by the
U.S. Department of Labor and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. This will continue
already successful programs into their second and third years.

Included are $4,335,775 for the Homeless Female Veterans with families Programs, and $3,882,443
for the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program, which will help veterans who have served
time in justice facilities.

Secretary Solis said "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. I am pleased that the department can
assist these veterans and their families."

Homeless veterans using the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program can receive classroom and
on-the-job-training as well as job search and placement services.

Second and third year funds are being awarded to state and local workforce boards, local public
agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community groups, that
demonstrated through the first years funding that they can effectively administer programs and
are familiar with the population and geographic areas that are being served.

Grantees under this program must coordinate with the various local, state and federal social
service providers.

For more information please go to the Department of Labor's unemployment and re-employment
for veterans at

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996