NEW: $1.5 Million Awarded for Veterans Job Training in MA
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Five organizations across the state will receive over $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide homeless veterans in Massachusetts the job training to help them succeed in civilian careers.
The funding, awarded through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, will go toward assisting homeless veterans with reintegration into the workforce. Under these grants, homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services.
Veterans Inc., 69 Grove Street, will receive $525,000 to assist with its ongoing job training programs.
“This is pretty fundamental. You send people to war; you make damn sure they’re not living on the streets when they come home. This money will helping homeless vets and their families find jobs and safe housing. It’s a lifesaver for vets who have been struggling in the transition back into civilian life,” said Sen. John Kerry, who announced the funding, along with Senator Scott Brown and Congressmen James McGovern and William Keating.
“Too often our heroes are returning from war only to find themselves fighting a new battle at home for employment or housing. This funding demonstrates our obligation as a nation to care for our veterans, and it will help keep many of our brave men and women from falling through the cracks by providing them with the job training they need to get back on their feet,” said Sen. Brown.
“I’m particularly pleased that Veterans Inc. in Worcester is receiving this federal funding. Veterans Inc. does incredible work in our community, and these grants will allow them to expand their outreach to serve more of our veterans in need,” said Rep. McGovern
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