WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio, headquartered in Columbus, will receive a $300,000 grant from the United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) as part of its Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program. The funds will be used to provide job training programs to help prepare homeless veterans for civilian careers. Veterans will also have access to job placement, career counseling, housing location, and life skills and money management mentoring programs.
“The men and women of the Armed Forces have been made a promise that if they defend our country, a grateful nation will provide them with services and benefits they have earned,” Brown said. “We must end veteran homelessness and job training is an important resource for helping do so. It is critical that we do all we can to serve those who have served our nation.”
Brown is the Co-Chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus and is a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. He is the only Ohio Senator to serve a full term on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and is an original cosponsor of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which offers tax credits to employers who hire unemployed veterans and provides job retraining assistance to veterans between 35 and 60 years of age.
In December 2013, Brown announced his support for the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act, legislation that would improve homelessness prevention programs and increase the availability of transitional housing for veterans.