Labor Department Provides Aid to Workers at Texas Bases

The Labor Department is providing a National Emergency Grant worth up to $4.1 million to provide re-employment assistance to about 1,120 workers affected by layoffs at Fort Hood in Killeen and the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana.

The grant will provide job training for the former defense civilian workers and contractors. 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.

National Emergency Grants are part of the labor secretary’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.

“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 Perez.

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