According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2013, there are more than 744,00 unemployed veterans in the U.S. In an effort to combat high veteran unemployment, the U.S. Department of Labor announced recent plans to give nearly $29 million in grants for veteran employment programs. The money will be specifically earmarked to help more than 14,000 with job training and placement.
The grants, awarded through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), will go specifically towards helping homeless veterans across the country with job placement, job training, housing and other services all aimed at addressing the complex challenges homeless veterans often face. Funds were awarded to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations.
According to Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris, “Military service members and their families have been asked to make tremendous sacrifices for this nation…. These grants will provide those who have served our nation with the means to find meaningful civilian employment and chart new directions for their lives.” Veterans possess the aptitude for high-demand jobs in technology, healthcare and other growing sectors and they can provide valuable contributions to the workforce through their unique skills. These grants are a step in the right direction towards assisting veterans with their reintegration and bridging the disconnect that can occur between employers and former military members.