WASHINGTON, D.C. (U.S. Department of Labor) – The U.S. Department of Labor announced this week more than $6.1 million in federal assistance for about 1,450 Texans affected by 2005 Base Realignment and Closure actions.

The National Emergency Grant will provide retraining and re-employment services to dislocated workers as well as military spouses.

“Civilian defense workers and military spouses are important players in maintaining the security of our nation,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “When their jobs disappear as a result of base realignments, it is our government’s responsibility to provide services that will put them on a path toward new work opportunities.”

Awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission, this grant will be operated by the Alamo Workforce Development Board, Central Texas Workforce Development Board, North East Texas Workforce Development Board and Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board.

Realignments at the affected military installations covered under this grant began in 2007 and will continue through Sept. 15, 2011.

Roughly half of the $6.1 million will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.