News Release


WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the awarding of 149 Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants totaling $48.1 million. This funding will provide workforce reintegration services for more than 18,000 homeless veterans.

The Department will award funds on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and faith-based and community organizations. Homeless veterans may receive occupational skills, apprenticeship opportunities, and on-the-job training as well as job search and placement assistance.

This year's HRVP awards provide 51 first-year grants totaling $16.9 million. Previous awardees will receive first- and second-option year grants totaling $31.2 million.

Grantees in the HVRP program will network and coordinate their efforts with other federal programs such as the Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care program.

More information on the Department's unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans is available at For questions about these grant awards, please contact the Department's Kia Mason at (202) 693-2606 and for more information about the Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) please visit or follow on twitter @VETS_DOL

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The Rocky Boy Veterans Center Receives Grant Award from Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Rocky Boy, MT – May 17, 2017 – The Rocky Boy Veterans Center is pleased and honored to announce it has received a grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) for $25,000 which will fund the Rocky Boy Veterans Center’s Veterans Support Services program. This program provides support to Veterans to access all VA benefits they have earned; assists transitioning service members transition into civilian life; and provides assistance to unemployed Veterans to become self-sufficient by transitioning them into the workforce. Additionally, the Veterans Support Services program provides direct assistance to Veterans needing a little extra support in maintaining a quality life for themselves and their families.


Chauncey Parker, Executive Director of the Rocky Boy Veterans Center noted, “our goals are to ensure Rocky Boy Veterans and American Indian Veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned through their service to this country in order to build a stable quality of life for themselves and their families, ultimately further advancing our Montana communities.”


"DVNF is proud to support Rocky Boy Center as they assist veterans in accessing all the VA benefits they are entitled to as well as providing support for transitioning and at-risk veterans." said DVNF CEO Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt. Maj. Ret.). "We would like to congratulate and thank them for their commitment to serving the men and women who served in defense of our country."


About the Disabled Veterans National Foundation:

Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.


DVNF achieves this mission by:

• Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.

• Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.

• Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.

• Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community and educating the public accordingly.


About the Rocky Boy Veterans Center:

The Rocky Boy Veterans Center’s mission is to provide services and assistance in all manners pertaining to the improvement of the quality of life for Veterans living on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, the surrounding region and for American Indian Military Service Members. These services include assisting Veterans with enrolling in the VA and applying for VA benefits. Additionally, the RBVC meets the needs of separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance, financial literacy and related services. The RBVC also assists unemployed Veterans transition into the workforce. Under this focus the program assists Veterans with job placement, resume building, on the job training, financial literacy and enrollment in job specific courses. The RBVC acts as the liaison between Veterans and VA, Veterans Service Officers, and other service providers.


Disabled Veterans National Foundation Contact:

Lisa Medley

Marketing and Communications Officer

(202) 847-3053


Rocky Boy Veterans Center Contact:

Chauncey Parker

Executive Director

(406) 395-5610