WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $4,131,089 National Emergency Grant to provide re-employment assistance to approximately 1,120 workers affected by layoffs at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, and the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas.
"Civilian workers, who often serve alongside military service members, play an important role in defending our nation and deserve our support when layoffs occur," said Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "This grant will provide job training for these former Department of Defense civilian workers and contractors and create new opportunities for them and their families."
The grant was awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission to provide the affected workers with training and other services necessary to compete for high-demand occupations in their local areas.
Of the $4,131,089 announced today, $2,391,662 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.
National Emergency Grants are part of the Secretary of Labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. More information on these grants is available at http://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.