Joint Base Lewis-McChord will receive the second half of a $5.6 million grant to help prepare military service members for civilian careers, the Labor Department announced today.
The money allows Pacific Mountain Workforce Development of Tumwater to extend a program it launched in 2013 that connects troops at JBLM with career counseling and job-training services. About 35 people use the services every week, according to the Labor Department.
The Labor Department released $2.9 million for the program a year and a half ago. Today, the department announced that it approved JBLM’s request for the rest of the grant. The additional money funds the program through the end of this year.
“I can’t think of a better investment than empowering servicemembers with tools to transition from their military careers to the civilian workforce in the South Sound,” said Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, whose district includes JBLM.
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The Army is in the midst of large-scale drawdown following the Iraq War. About 9,000 military service members are leaving Armed Forces out of JBLM each year and officials project the trend to continue.