Secretary of Labor Visits Minn. Veterans, Announces Grants
The U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was in Minneapolis Friday morning to meet with veterans and announce grants that will help them get jobs.
She toured a facility at the V.A. Hospital that houses veterans, and there they talked about how the $34 million of grants will help in finding jobs and re-integrating into civilian life.
Minnesota programs will receive $420,000, and more than a quarter of that will go to help rural veterans programs, where they often face more challenges such as transportation.
"These veterans have served us well, they have protected us, and now it's our turn to turn around and serve them," said Secretary Solis. "What better way of demonstrating that through these kinds of programs."
The unemployment rate for veterans returning from war is twice the national average of 8 percent.