Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Praises US Labor Department’s Release of $36M in Job-Training Grants to Help 12,000 Homeless Veterans
Highlights grant money awarded to Hawaiʻi organizations
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today praised the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program, which awarded grants totaling $36,710,368 to 156 organizations nationwide to provide more than 12,000 veterans with training to help them succeed in civilian careers. Two Hawaiʻi organizations—U.S. Vets and The Strategist—were awarded a total of $500,000 in grant funds to ensure their programs that provide job placement, career counseling, life skills, money management mentoring, and assistance in finding housing are sustained through Program Year 2014.
“I applaud the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program for their support of community organizations dedicated to serving homeless veterans as they transition to independent living and succeed in building civilian careers,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a twice-deployed combat veteran. “Hawaiʻi organizations like U.S. Vets and The Strategist are empowering veterans in our community by creating opportunities for them to continue their mission of service.
“Those who wear the uniform raise their hand to serve and put their life on the line; that commitment to service does not end when the uniform is laid down. Our servicemembers come home and look for ways to continue this mission of service. They are leaders: disciplined, and physically and mentally tough. They know how to make decisions, work as a member of a team and, most importantly, put the mission first, setting aside their own self interests. Sometimes, a mentor offering career counseling and job training is all that a veteran needs to be reengaged in the community, and get back on their feet.”
Grant funds are awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. These grantees are familiar with the areas and populations to be served and have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs to help homeless veterans.