The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced 23 grants totaling more than $5.4 million to provide homeless veterans with job training aimed at helping them succeed in civilian careers.

The grants were awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies, and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. These agencies are familiar with the areas and populations to be served and have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs.

Grantees serving 15 states will offer occupational, classroom, and on-the-job training, as well as job search, placement assistance, and follow-up services for homeless veterans. The WorkPlaceInc. of Bridgeport is among the grantees, with a nearly $300,000 grant award.

DOL says the grants are the first of a possible four years of annual awards contingent upon satisfactory performance and congressional appropriations.

For a complete list of grantees: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/vets/VETS20111184.htm

For more information about programs for veterans: http://www.dol.gov/vets/