More than $4.1 million is on its way to Texas for re-employment assistance for workers affected by layoffs at Fort Hood and a Texarkana Army depot.
The Department of Labor announced Monday the funds provided to the Texas Workforce Commission through a national emergency grant will assist about 1,120 workers laid off at Fort Hood and the Red River Army Depot.
On March 31, the contracts of 76 term civilian employees in the Directorate of Human Resources expired due to loss of Overseas Contingency Operation funds, said post officials. Up to 229 more employees could lose their jobs at Fort Hood if a reduction in force is necessary in November, Andy Bird, deputy garrison command, said in April.
The Texas Workforce Commission applied for the grant, but was unable to answer as of press time how many of those benefiting from grant money were working at Fort Hood.
“We just received notification ourselves,” said Lisa Givens, spokesperson for the commission.
Funds for retraining
The grant money, which breaks down to more than $3,600 a person, will be used to assess a person’s skills, retrain them if necessary and re-employ them in Texas, she said.
“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 E. Perez in Monday’s announcement. “This grant will provide job training for these former Department of Defense civilian workers and contractors and create new opportunities for them and their families.”
Of the $4.13 million announced today, $2.39 will be released initially, the release stated. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.
National emergency grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.