Washington, D.C.– The federal Department of Labor (DOL) today announced four grants to three Southern Arizona recipients, totaling more than $1.2 million, aimed at helping homeless and incarcerated veterans reintegrate into the workforce. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva congratulated each recipient and thanked them for “working so diligently to help those who need and deserve our assistance.”
The Primavera Foundation received $200,000 from the DOL Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. Pima County received $245,000 from the same program and $500,000 from the Veterans Workforce Investment Program. Arizona Women’s Education & Employment, Inc., received $300,000 from the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program.
The grants are part of more than $35 million in funding for similar efforts around the country announced today. DOL expects the funds to provide 21,000 veterans with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers.
“Each of these grants will mean better opportunities, better skills and a better life for veterans in our very own communities,” Grijalva said. “We have a moral obligation and an economic imperative to make sure veterans have options available when they return home. These grants, and others like them, help make that a reality, and I thank the recipients for offering these services.”
A recent Washington Post article, headlined “Iraq, Afghanistan veterans struggle to find jobs,” told the story of a 28-year-old veteran who moved in with his parents in Arizona after several tours of duty failed to prepare him for civilian working life. As the article said:
Grijalva held an April 25 town hall meeting with unemployed veterans in Tucson. Video of that event is available at the Town Halls and Public Appearances section of Grijalva’s Web site.