Grant fuels Texas jobs-for-vets program

DALLAS (AP) - Texas has received a $750,000 federal grant to help returning U.S. Army veterans find civilian jobs.

Texas is one of four states to receive the U.S. Labor Department grants to help integrate veterans with the civilian job market. The State of Texas Soldier Employment Initiative is a joint venture of the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Veterans Commission.

The Dallas Morning News reports the program targets active-duty soldiers within 90 days of their return from combat duty and any military veteran receiving unemployment benefits for ex-service members.

The program has workforce development boards near Camp Mabry in Austin, Ellington Field in Houston, Fort Bliss in El Paso and Fort Hood in Killeen.

Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar says Texas has 450,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.




Information from: The Dallas Morning News,

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