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PENNSYLVANIA LABOR AND INDUSTRY SECRETARY FOLEY ANNOUNCES TRAINING AND JOB PROGRAM FOR RECENTLY DISCHARGED VETERANS

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Secretary Tom Foley today announced a new program to help recently discharged U.S. military veterans make the transition to effective civilian employment.
 The program, federally funded under the Service Members Occupational Conversion and Training Act (SMOCTA), will provide new job openings, training assistance and job-related tools and equipment for veterans discharged after Aug. 1, 1990.
 Jointly operated by the federal departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs, the program will reimburse up to $10,000 to employers who have approved training programs for veterans and offer long-term employment.
 Reimbursement to employers of up to $12,000 will be available for training veterans who have disabilities. The program also will also pay up to $500 to employers to purchase work-related tools and equipment.
 "This program will provide a significant incentive to Pennsylvania employers to train and hire qualified veterans," Foley said.
 "In light of recent military downsizing, this program is a vital step in providing our veterans with the help they merit and employers with the skilled workers they need."
 To qualify, a veteran must have been honorably discharged from active military service after Aug. 1, 1990, and have served for more than 90 days unless discharged because of a service-connected disability.
 The program will be administered in Pennsylvania by the state Department of Labor and Industry's Job Centers through their veterans' programs and federal Veterans' Administration Centers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
 Veterans and employers wanting additional information can contact their local Job Center veterans representative, a federal veterans center in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, or call the Veterans Administration Regional Office toll-free at 800-827-1000.
 Approximately $70 million is available nationwide for qualified employers to participate in the SMOCTA program.
 Funds are available on a competitive, first-come, first-served basis from training requests submitted by employers from individual states. An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 veterans nationwide could benefit from the program.
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 /CONTACT: John Currie of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/


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