WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service has awarded $4 million in Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program grants designed to aid veterans "at risk" of homelessness. The 16 grants will serve more than 1,400 formerly incarcerated veterans in 13 states.
"Everyone deserves a second chance, especially the men and women who have sacrificed for our country," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These grants will help open doors back into the workplace for veterans, and allow them to contribute positively both to the nation's economic recovery and society as a whole."
The Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program grants are intended to provide referral and counseling services to assist in reintegrating and/or transitioning formerly incarcerated veterans who are "at risk" of becoming homeless into meaningful employment within the labor force, and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing these veterans. This program is designed to be flexible in addressing the national, regional and/or local issues that prevent veterans from returning to the workforce after incarceration.
"One of the most important components of rehabilitating our incarcerated veterans is helping them prepare for and obtain meaningful employment," said Assistant Secretary for VETS Ray Jefferson. "These grants will allow 1,400 formerly incarcerated veterans to obtain the help they need to step back into the workforce and make a positive impact within their communities."
For more information on these grants, visit http://www.dol.gov/vets.
Editor's note: A list of grantees follows this release.
Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Grantees
US VETS Initiative-LA
Volunteers of America-Los Angeles
Arizona Women's Education and Employment
Way Station Inc.
The Workplace Inc.
Center for Veterans Issues Ltd.
Impact Services Corp.
Goodwill Industries of Houston Inc.
USVI - Las Vegas
The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center Inc.
Aspen Diversified Industries Services Inc.
Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest
Eaglevision Ministries Inc.
Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization
United Veterans of America Inc.
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SOURCE U.S. Department of Labor