Obama Administration Official Visits Center for Veterans Issues Discusses American Jobs Act and Veterans Employment

Today, U.S. General Services Administrator Martha Johnson visited the Center for Veterans Issues Vet’s Manor to discuss the American Jobs Act and veterans employment. Administrator Johnson met with the Center for Veterans Issues principals, local veterans and businesses participating in veterans employment programs and discussed the provisions of the American Jobs Act for veteran employment and job growth in Wisconsin.

Thomas Wynn recalled as ‘visionary’ in veterans affairs

National veterans’ rights activist Thomas H. Wynn, Sr. died Friday, November 5, 2004, after a 15-month bout with kidney cancer. Wynn, 73, a Whitefish Bay resident, helped establish the National Association for Black Veterans and the Center for Veterans Issues, both based in Milwaukee. “He was a visionary,” said Robert Cocroft, chief executive officer of the Center. “He had the utmost integrity.” Born in New York and raised in Portsmouth, Va., Wynn attended Virginia Union University in Richmond. He served with the U.S. Army in Fairbanks, Alaska, during the Korean War era, said his wife, Kay Shellestad. After the war, Wynn worked a number of jobs, from driving buses to selling insurance, said Jill Ralian, director of operations at the Center. Then Wynn took a job counseling veterans at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Department of Labor Announces HVRP Grant Awards

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has announced $17 million in grants to train and employ homeless veterans. The grants were awarded under the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). New Grantees were awarded $6.7 million in 16 states, and current program grantees received $10.3 million in second-year funding.

Permanent Housing in Racine for Homeless Veterans

In late spring of 2003, the Center for Veterans Issues Ltd., of Milwaukee, acquired two large apartment buildings in Racine following a two-year planning and search effort. Using Federal, State of Wisconsin and private funds, these 34 units will be another significant permanent residential resource for disabled, low income veterans and others needing clean, safe, and affordable housing.

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