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Local Veteran's to Receive Federal Training Funds

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By Aimee Burnett

 Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Idaho Department of Labor is one of a handful of groups nationwide receiving federal funding to help veterans.

 "A lot of the veterans, especially the post 9–11 veterans that are coming back are having a hard time getting back into the workforce," said Jan Roeser, Regional Economist, Idaho Department of Labor.

 Starting next year that will change for many local veterans.

 That's because the Idaho Department of Labor will soon have additional funds to help them find employment.

 "U.S.D.O.L has provided funds, $750,000 for eleven different entities, about ten different states," said Roeser.

 The funding is to be used to provide training in high growth industries such as information technology certifications, truck driver CDL training, hazardous material removal, and pharmacy technicians to name a few. 

"Vets should be able to come into our office, have some case management, help them ascertain where they desire to be, which career path, and then get in there," said Roeser. 

The eligibility criteria is still be determined at this time. The Idaho Department Labor expects to have that information in November.

 "The criteria should be fairly east to be administered. We should be able to work pretty closely, in the case of Twin Falls, with the College of Southern Idaho to get that training in place," said Roeser.

 Roeser is most excited to see commercial truck driving on the lists. 

It's one of the jobs that's in high demand state–wide. 

"Our trucking companies are constantly needing drivers. And, not all of them are over the roads. Some of them are more regional, some of the folks are only gone a couple of nights," said Roeser. 

Along with job training, veterans will also receive funding to help with living expenses.

For a more comprehensive list of what jobs are included in the grant program click the link below.

Veteran’s Funding

 



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