Heavy-duty apparel-maker Carhartt, Inc., a brand popular with construction workers, has awarded a $25,000 grant to support the United Brotherhood of Carpenters’ Military Veterans Program (MVP), which helps service members transition from the military to civilian careers as union millwrights and carpenters.
In the South, we have two training centers that are part of the Military Veterans Program in Clarksville, Tennessee (Ft. Campbell) and Killeen, Texas (Ft. Hood). Program participants attend a free, eight-week training program that gives them the basic skill set of a first-year apprentice and includes hands-on projects. The veterans then join a Southern States Millwright or Southeastern Carpenter local union and begin working.
The MVP program will use the grant to provide workwear for 2023 MVP graduates.
“We appreciate Carhartt recognizing the value of America’s greatest heroes and making this investment in the UBC MVP program,” said Mark Benacquisto, executive director of UBC millwright/pile driver labor management. “Carhartt has been a family-run business since 1889 and shares many of the same values as the UBC."
The Carhartt grant is the second financial award the MVP program has won in recent months. For the third year in a row, the program will receive a U.S. Labor Department grant that provides program graduates at Fort Hood in Texas with $1,500 each to purchase tools. Graduates received the tool stipend in 2021 and 2022 and, thanks to the new award, will receive it in 2023. The grant is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Check out our prior coverage of this important program: