Weatherford Democrat

Top News

July 28, 2013

VETERANS’ CORNER: Labor Dept. grants to help train, employ homeless vets

By JIM VINES

On the heels of the recent announcement by the VA concerning grants for veterans’ transportation needs, the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced $17 million in grants to train and employ homeless veterans.

The grants are awarded under the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). New grantees were awarded $6.7 million in 15 states, and current program grantees received $10.3 million in second-year funding.

Through HVRP, about 12,000 veterans across 31 states will receive these funds for occupational training, education, placement assistance and other key services. The Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) expects more than 8,000 homeless veterans will gain employment as a result of these grants. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis due to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies, and non-profit organizations, including faith based and community organizations, which have familiarity with the area and population to be served and can administer an effective program.

HVRP has been recognized nationwide as an extraordinarily efficient program and is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on employment of veterans who are homeless. For more information go to www.grants.gov/search.

Shriners helping injured vets

The Shriners continue to assist veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars due to the VA being overrun with an enormous number of returning injured veterans. These veterans, many with burns and/or orthopedic and prosthetic injuries, are being accepted at no cost whatsoever. The Shriners do not accept insurance or government funds and don’t have a billing department. They are 100 percent donation-supported, and more than 95 percent of all money goes directly to patient care.

The understanding that this war has a serious impact on our nation continues to be the driving force behind the Shriners’ pledge to to aid the men and women of our Armed Forces. Check with your local veterans service organizations to make any donation to the Shriners. American Legion Post 75 in Mineral Wells has been a longtime supporter of this cause. Contact Robert Freeman, executive board committee, Post 75 member, at 940-682-8268 for any questions or donations.

Text Only
Top News
  • cigarette butts.jpg No butts about it, smoking ban nears

    Weatherford eating establishments have just over a week to get their no smoking signs in place and prepare for the no smoking ordinance enacted by the city council in February to go into effect.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hamilton, Lee.jpg HAMILTON: Government as innovator? You bet!

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Showing respect

    My sister Robbie Benton’s funeral was Friday afternoon at White’s Funeral Home. The gravesite was outside of Mineral Wells. The respect shown by the good folks of Parker County and the surrounding area was overwhelming.

    April 17, 2014

  • Proposed change in city charter goes before W’ford voters next month

    Weatherford residents will have the chance to vote on a pair of charter amendments on Election Day May 10.

    April 16, 2014

  • IMG_7134.JPG Despite cold, peach crops looking rosy

    Parker County peach growers won’t know for sure for a few more days, but as of Wednesday, one day after April temperatures plummeted into the low 30s, they’re predicting a good, even rosy, peach harvest for this year’s Parker County Peach Festival.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Larue, Jeffrey.jpg Wanted sex offender found in Weatherford

    A sex offender reportedly sought by Hood County authorities after failing to register as required was found in a Weatherford hotel last week, police say, after exposing himself to an employee.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Animal shelter throwing a party

    The Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter made a promise to its staff, volunteers and rescues that if the shelter was able to achieve a 90 percent live release rate by the end of March, the shelter would throw a community-wide party to celebrate its accomplishments.

    April 16, 2014

  • Veterans Memorial Rendering.jpg Cabin fever

    Weatherford Parks and Recreation officials are looking to renovate two areas to make them more user friendly.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0416 loc WISD new HR director.jpg Chapman named WISD’s new Human Resources director

    Members of the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees last week approved Monty Chapman as the district’s new executive director of Human Resources.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Parker County man killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A 60-year-old Parker County man was killed around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash in the 2100 block of FM Road 3325, also known as Farmer Road.

    April 15, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results