Sep 18, 2014
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Employment resources for 140 recently-discharged Bay Area veterans have been expanded thanks to a $770,000 grant.

The city of Richmond is encouraging veterans to tap the benefits, according to the nonprofit For Richmond’s blog.

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) awarded the grant to RichmondWORKS for veterans in Contra Costa, Alameda and San Francisco counties. The funds are aimed at retraining the longterm unemployed and veterans who were separated from service within four years, For Richmond explained.

“We’re really hoping to help veterans become familiar with the employment resources and training available to them and to help them get back to work,” Bouakhay Phongboupha, employment specialist II at RichmondWORKS, told the nonprofit.

The trainings will be geared toward high demand occupations including:

  • Building Trades: construction laborers; carpenters; electricians; construction and building inspectors.
  • Health-related Professions: medical assistants; pharmacy technicians; medical records and health information technicians; emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
  • Info Technology: computer support specialists; electrical and electronics engineering technicians; and other computer occupations.
  • Warehousing/Transportation/Logistics: freight stock and material movers and laborers; heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers; light truck or delivery service drivers; industrial truck and tractor operators.

For more information, read the full For Richmond article or contact Bouakhay Phongboupha at 510-307-8050 or


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.