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'Stand Down' Grants Benefit Veterans

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The U.S. government wants to help all veterans reintegrate into civilian life after their service. Education through Veterans Education Assistance Program has been one popular way veterans get everything from a full education, to financial support for on-the-job training programs.

Now, the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service has budgeted $600,000 for "Stand Down" Grants, designed to provide an estimated 10,000 homeless veterans with social services and employment opportunities.

MILITARY STAND DOWN GETS VETERANS INTO THE WORKFORCE

Stand down is a military term referring to a respite from combat, an event where troops receive new clothing and hot food at base camp before returning to the front lines.

The U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service Stand Down Grants will be awarded to organizations across the country, to host events designed to help homeless veterans get back on their feet. More than 160 organizations across the country have already partnered with local businesses, government, and community organizations to hold Stand Down events that offer social services to help homeless veterans reintegrate into the workforce.

$7000 - $10,000 STAND DOWN GRANTS AVAILABLE

Applications for U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service Stand Down grants are accepted from state workforce agencies, state and local workforce investment boards, veterans service organizations, local public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and faith-based social groups.

Grants of $10,000 for a multi-day event or $7,000 for a one-day event can be awarded, on a first-come first-served basis. Stand Down Grants are non-competitive, but they are first to apply, first served.

Organizations planning Stand Down events should submit a complete application at least 90 days before the event.

HOW TO USE A STAND DOWN GRANT

Stand Down Grant funds must be used to enhance employment and training opportunities or to move homeless veterans toward self-sufficiency through paid work. Grant-funded services include hygienic services such as showers, haircuts, and health needs which are often an immediate roadblock to homeless veterans who desire reintegration into the workforce.

Stand Down grant funds may not be used to pay for administrative costs and staff. Stand Down grant funding also may not be used to pay for veteran's health care related expenses, which should all be covered by the VA.

Approximately 70 Stand Down Grants will be awarded from Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service between fiscal years 2011 through 2013.




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