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June 29th, 2011
Grijalva Will Present Flags, Thank Local Providers of Services to Veterans At Friday Press Conference Following Labor Dept. Grants

Tucson, Ariz.– Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva will thank several Southern Arizona groups for their work with homeless and unemployed veterans at a press conference Friday in Tucson. Grijalva will speak about the need for veterans services in the community and present a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to each group as a mark of his appreciation for their services.

Grijalva’s office earlier this month announced that three local organizations had received significant Department of Labor (DOL) grantsto support their veteran assistance programs. ThePrimavera Foundation received a $200,000 grant and Pima County received $245,000from the DOL Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program; Pima County also received$500,000 from the Veterans Workforce Investment Program; and Arizona Women’s Education & Employment, Inc., received $300,000 from the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program.

July 1 will mark the ninth anniversary of Pima County as the local provider for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and the fourth year as the local Veterans Workforce Investment Program provider. Both are federal programs that work through local groups and agencies to assist veterans in need.

“As I said whenthese grants were announced, we have a moral obligation and an economic imperative to make sure veterans have good options when they return home,” Grijalva said. “These grants, and others like them, help make that a reality, and I can’t thank these groups enough for the great work they’ve done for Southern Arizona.”

Representatives of each group, including the Pima County Sullivan Jackson Employment Center, have been invited to the Friday event. Details are available below.

Where: 151 West 40th Street in Tucson

When: Friday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m.

For more information on the Primavera Foundation program, contact Reneé Bibby at (520) 591-8795.

For more information on the Pima County Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, call Steve Nelson at (520) 838-3306.

For more information on the Pima County Veterans Workforce Investment Program, call Art Burrola at (520) 798-5208.

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