Business & Policy Economics Veterans Receive $7.5 Million in Grants By Melissa Hincha-Ownby Writer Arizona State University Melissa Hincha-Owny is a business writer who has covered topics ranging from personal finance and corporate social responsibility to parenting. our editorial process Melissa Hincha-Ownby Updated February 17, 2020 Green training can help people like this re-enter the workforce after their time in the military is complete. (Photo: Jayel Aheram/Flickr) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Business & Policy Corporate Responsibility Environmental Policy Economics Food Issues The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) awarded 17 grants to agencies in 14 states. The grants, totaling more than $7.5 million, range in value from $270,000 to $500,000. The grants will provide green jobs training for veterans, allowing them to re-enter the workforce after their time in the service ends. “The VWIP grants will help veterans from targeted groups overcome employment barriers and ease their transition into unsubsidized jobs. Through this program, veterans receive skills assessments; individual job counseling; labor-market information; classroom or on-the-job training; skills upgrading and retraining; and placement assistance and follow-up services.” Source: Department of Labor The following agencies received VWIP Grants for the 2009 program year, which began on July 1, 2009 and runs through June 30, 2010. County of Pima (Arizona) - $500,000 Swords to Plowshares (California) - $300,000 United States Veterans Initiative (California) - $500,000 Colorado Department of Labor and Employment - $500,000 The Workplace Inc (Connecticut) - $500,000 Indiana Department of Workforce Development - $500,000 Commonwealth of Massachusetts - $500,000 Veterans Inc (Massachusetts) - $300,000 Way Station, Inc. (Maryland) - $500,000 RESOURCE, Inc (Minnesota) - $407,549 Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (North Carolina) - $290,600 Veterans Outreach Center Inc. (New York) - $270,000 East Central University (Oklahoma) - $500,000 Community Solutions for Clackamas County (Oregon) - $500,000 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry - $500,000 American GI Forum (Texas) - $500,000 Goodwill Industries of Houston Inc (Texas) - $500,000 The VWIP Grant program isn’t the only program dedicated to green jobs training for veterans. The Veterans Green Jobs organization received a $750,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. Like the agencies in the VWIP Grant program, the Veteran Green Jobs organization provides green jobs training to American veterans. The organization’s first group of trainees graduated from the Home Energy Auditor Training (HEAT) program in Golden, Colorado in June.