Update: Labor Department Grants for Vet Job Training

August 21, 2012 |

From a Department of Labor News Release: 
The Labor Department today awarded grants totaling $11.53 million through the Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program to provide an estimated 5,500 veterans with job training and skills development services.

“These grants will increase the skill sets of veterans and result in training and credentialing for jobs in high-demand industries,” Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis said. “Our veterans made sacrifices on behalf of our nation, and I ask all employers to renew their commitment to veterans, because the best way to honor our veterans is to hire them.”

Eleven grants were awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations, in 10 states. These agencies are familiar with the areas and populations to be served, and have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs, officials said.

The funds will be used to provide training in fields including software and computer services, construction, auto mechanics, security, logistics, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, hospitality and the culinary arts, among others.

Today’s grants are part of efforts by the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to expand educational opportunities for veterans, support incentives for businesses to hire unemployed veterans, ensure priority “Gold Card” services for veterans through the American Job Center network and help veterans match skills related to their military occupations with those required by civilian jobs.

More information on the Department of Labor’s employment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at www.dol.gov/vets.

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  1. Tiffany Chapman says:

    Enter text right hereAllocating grant funds for the training and credentialing of veterans' skills in high demand industries is an excellent start to addressing the growing number of unemployed veterans. However, one aspect of veteran joblessness remains largely unaddressed: the overwhelming number of undiagnosed and misdiagnosed cases of PTSD, which leads to an inability to transition to civilian life and, in some cases, receive medical care. Studies indicate that PTSD is closely correlated with substance abuse, aggressive and hypervigilant behavior, and misconduct. In some cases, the misconduct is a manifestation of avoidance–that is, an unwillingness and inability to cope with the underlying trauma–which leads to AWOL and isolation. These behaviors are obviously anti-social and huge impediments to integrating into civilian life, which includes finding and maintaining suitable employment. But, if a soldier is not properly diagnosed while on active duty, or if the soldier is separated for the misconduct rather than the underlying PTSD, the soldier may not receive adequate medical treatment to overcome his/her symptoms. Current legislation bars some veterans who were separated for certain types of misconduct from receiving any medical benefits, even if the illness is service-connected and the misconduct may be a direct manifestation of the illness. As a result, he or she not only struggles through life but, worse, becomes a drain on society if unable to ever become a contributing, self-sufficient citizen due to his/her untreated PTSD. Society has already witnessed this following Vietnam, although the correlation between the underlying medical illness–PTSD–and the accompanying behaviors went largely unrecognized for decades. The solution is two-pronged: better screening and awareness prior to leaving active duty to ensure a proper diagnosis and service connection documentation, and amended legislation regarding VA benefits that permits veterans with service-connected PTSD to receive medical treatment, even if separated for misconduct.

    • Mike says:

      I will agree with you on PTSD,and add that anger is a huge problem. I suffer with with aggressive hehavior at times to the point that my family become afraid of me (very bad temper and fly off at times) Ihave tried to keep it contained by staying away from people as much as I can.

    • Mikefrom says:

      Dear Mike

      I feel your pain. I am also a disabled veteran with 80% disability. I have been unemployed for the most part for 2 years. I suffer from PTSD. My PTSD has been denied by the V.A. I feel all these programs for veterans is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. I agree that obummer programs is nothing more than a tool so, he can get re-elect to the White House.

      Mike from Tampa, Fl

      • David Adams says:

        Agree, with you 100%. Going on 1 year unemployed, consider myself well trained with 25 yrs of, TS clearance, leadership and many other in demands skills. Have sought out nanny VA programs only to find they don’t really exist or just another rabbit hole. Many jobs posted on USAJOBS are BS, qualify but there only posted to meet required law. Many smoke and mirror projects on the backs of vets.

  2. RT FISHER says:

    what about the person that is over 60 years old,vet from the 60's war that can not get a job on Fed. T.S.A., because your told your too old. This is after passing all the test up to the final interview!

  3. RetNav says:

    how about a 57 year old female vet??? can't even get the gov to respond at all.

  4. RanMan says:

    How about a 59 year old veteran that lost a six digit income due to PTSD and now working as a data entry person for a third of what I was making. Need a masters degree to go anywhere as an employee in the government

  5. Zeek says:

    It doesn’t matter how much funding congress awards for Veterans, unless they give us veterans a degree in “SOME RELATED FIELD” it will never do any good! Corporate America (if you can call them Americans) doesn’t give a rip about veterans. It doesn’t matter how much training we have or how good the training is, it doesn’t matter how much experience you have and how good your evaluations were or how many years you served. Corporate America will keep hiring a co-workers son or daughter or the college student that has an associate’s degree in pottery.

  6. Glenn Robinson says:

    I would like to know if I could recoup time lost on a expired GI education bill that expired due to chonic illnesses. I see a lot of assistance given to veterans of the Iran and Afghanistan conflicts (rightfully so) but virtually nothing for desert storm veterans. If any one knows the process of recouping education benifts lost due to illnesses, please post. Thank you

    • Max says:

      Why not apply for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program? In order to qualify for this program, a veteran must meet the following criteria:

      • Be between the ages of 35 and 60
      • Be unemployed, with special consideration given to Veterans who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks
      • Have an other than dishonorable discharge
      • Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance
      • Not be in receipt of compensation due to unemployability
      • Not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program

      Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certification, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.

      for more information and an application, go to: http://www.vetsfirst.org/veterans-retraining-assi

  7. McKinley says:

    I am a Vietnam Area Vet and have been unemployed for over 3 years. I am age 65. What training programs are out there for me?

  8. Trish says:

    Go to your local VA office and ask. With every program there are people willing to exploit it and the veterans. Don't be a victim go straight to the source.

    Go to your local state run employment or workforce services office. There are highly trained Employment Counselors in each state as a public service to all job seekers but in addition, there are federally funded Veteran Representatives and Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) . Please go to the source;. http://www.va.gov, or More information on the Department of Labor’s employment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at http://www.dol.gov/vets.

    There are training programs available through the VA, the Department of Labor and each state recieves Workforce Investement Act (WIA) funds, however you have to apply.

  9. Josh G says:

    Hey any of you know if we are eligible for state Unemployment Insurance after getting out on Medical Retirement?? How long is it for 66 or 99 weeks if allowed??

  10. CINNALOCKS says:

    People act like some expert mans this site…..go to the source for information and stop asking people who for the most part do not know anymore than you…..that is if you really want to change your position and find real answers.

  11. eod6464 says:

    ptsd is an excuse you knew when you raised your hand what you were up against suck it up a move forward life not easy deal with it all looking for a free ride deal with it anger issues go to the gym work out hard find yourself not your pity been there done that it is a mental game be stronger then the game never give up or in good luck god bless

  12. anon says:

    ptsd is something that is just been acknowledged in recent years. there are some consciencious objectors that have had the experience without knowing before the hand went up. speak for yourself

  13. david says:

    how long did it take u to get approved

  14. Benny says:

    I'm also curious how long from application till check in hand?

  15. Larry says:

    "…and you may qualify too!"…is there anyone else that believes this msg. has a false ring to it? Doesn't sound real to me. Probably advertising.