Hundred of veterans will be trained and placed into green jobs thanks to a recent grant from The Walmart Foundation. It recently announced a $750,000 grant to the nonprofit organization, Veterans Green Jobs. The funding will be used over a two-year period to help the organization train and employ veterans in the green sector.
The latest data from the U.S. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the unemployment rate for recently returned veterans at a daunting 12 percent. The grant from the Walmart Foundation is just one piece of a five-year, $20 million giving initiative meant to reduce the high unemployment rate of veterans.
Veterans Green Jobs’ mission is to engage, transition and connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve communities and the environment. The organization has worked with the state of Colorado to help provide veterans jobs weatherizing homes in the state. It has also worked to train veterans in outdoor conservation and natural resource management programs in eight western states.
The organization notes on its website that between 2008 and 2010 it created approximately 100 of its own staff positions. Outside of that, it has created “more than 30 jobs for veterans and dozens of jobs for community members. And, through partnerships with EnergyLogic Solutions and other employers…created approximately 30 additional jobs for veteran and non-veteran community members.”
Also, across all of its program areas, “approximately 200 military veterans have participated in training.”