Gov. McDonnell Proposes Grants To Help Veterans

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Governor Bob Mcdonnell wants veterans to find high demand and high paying jobs.

With some grants, he wants to help them transition when they return from service.

The governor says there is up to one point $1.25 million available for the program.

McDonnell is asking organizations to submit proposals to get up to $250,000 to fund the program.

Each proposal must include a Virginia community college, a local workforce Investment board,a local VEC Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program and a Local Veterans' Employment representative.

They could also include education and training providers. Faith and community based organizations can also been included.

James Giordano who is in the army said he's taking online classes now to be ready when he returns.

"In the army, if they don't have education they don't have anything to fall back on and most of them end on welfare checks," Giordano said.

The deadline for the proposals is Dec. 19.

For more information go to the Virginia community colleges Website and search for workforce grants www.vccs.edu.

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