Veterans program to assist with job training, assistance needs

MERCEDES — Veterans of all ages can apply for help with the VIDA for Veterans program for job training, education and assistance needs.

The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) announced that the Texas Veterans Commission through the Funds for Veterans Assistance program awarded VIDA a $300,000 grant to provide educational and job training opportunities as well as supportive services for veterans in the Rio GrandeValley.

“We are so excited to receive this grant” said Irma Garcia, VIDA’s deputy executive director. “VIDA received funding in 2015 and we were able to surpass our benchmark. This is a testament to the high demand in our area.”

Garcia said 95 percent of the Valley veterans who VIDA served with the first grant were at or below the national poverty level and/or unemployed.

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