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$1.1 million to aid job-seeking veterans

By Meg Tully

Saturday - 7/2/2011, 6:18am  ET

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski will visit Frederick next week to announce a $1.1 million grant to help local veterans find and keep work.

Mikulski, a Democrat, will visit Way Station on East Patrick Street on Tuesday for an event featuring a local veteran. Way Station, a nonprofit mental health association, will receive the grant. It plans to use the money to train veterans so they can find and keep civilian jobs.

The program will target veterans who are unemployed, incarcerated or having a hard time finding and keeping a job. It will help provide job training, mentoring and mental health services.

The grants are part of the Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and Veterans' Workforce Investment Program.

"In this tough economy, I'm concerned about jobs, jobs, jobs," Mikulski said in a statement. "Our veterans serve their country with honor and bravery, and deserve our help when it's time for them to find civilian employment."

Scott Rose, president and CEO of Way Station, said veterans have a lot of skills that can be adapted for use in the civilian economy.

It is good for business and the economy to take advantage of what veterans have to offer, he said.

"These veterans, they served their country and now, with Sen. Mikulski's assistance, they are able to serve their communities," Rose said.

Mikulski's visit is part of a statewide jobs tour. She has been visiting businesses to talk about how government is helping and hurting with job creation and retention. She will visit the Eastern Shore later in the week to talk to poultry and seafood industry representatives.

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