USA Cares, a Kentucky-based non-profit organization that helps military veterans across the country, has received a $100,000 grant to help Kentucky veterans who are about to graduate from higher education programs get jobs.
The grant, donated by Bowling Green businessman and philanthropist Terry Scariot, will go to veterans who are one year away from graduating from Western Kentucky University or any of the 16 schools in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
The grant will help cover everything from expenses associated with moving to take a new job to simply providing a tank of gas to get a veteran to a job interview.
The grant is established as the Sgt. Bryan Anderson Jobs for Kentucky Veterans Fund, in honor of Anderson, 26, a Chicago native who became a multiple amputee because of a bomb explosion in Iraq in 2005. Anderson is the national spokesman for USA Cares and is featured in a new program on PBS.
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The fund will be administered through the Jobs for Vets program, which USA Cares started in March to help provide employment support.
USA Cares helps veterans who have served after 9/11 with financial assistance, recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, career placement, and avoiding home foreclosure or eviction.