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Volunteers of America Receives Federal Grant to Assist Homeless Veterans

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded multiple competitive federal grants totaling $866,121 to the Volunteers of America (VOA) Mid-States in Kentucky.

The funds will be used to provide services in several locations across Kentucky as part of the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP). Senator McConnell contacted U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta on behalf of VOA Mid-States in support of their competitive grant applications.

The program is designed to help homeless veterans re-enter the workforce and achieve long-term stability. According to DOL, HVRP grantees enroll thousands of homeless veterans annually in programs that involve emergency shelter, substance abuse counseling and treatment, job counseling and referral, employment assistance, transportation, housing and clothing. 

“Our nation’s heroes deserve all the support our nation can offer, and the Volunteers of America Mid-States can make a life-changing difference assisting homeless veterans,” Senator McConnell said.

“This grant will help deliver the training, counseling and other resources Kentucky’s veterans need to get their lives back on track. I was pleased to work with Jennifer Hancock and her team to help the agency secure these federal funds which will be put to great use in Kentucky,” added McConnell.

“We are grateful for the leadership and support of Senator McConnell. He has stood with our nation’s veterans once again by endorsing our program that enables them to get the services they need in order to return to self-sufficiency,” said Jennifer Hancock, President & CEO of Volunteers of America Mid-States.

“At Volunteers of America we are deeply passionate about serving those who have proudly served our country, but have fallen on hard times, and we are eager to continue providing effective solutions in communities that need us the most,” added Hancock.

(provided by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Kentucky)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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