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L.A. Jewish foundation helping war vets

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February 1, 2012 | 10:28 am

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The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles awarded some $200,000 in grants for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and financial literacy programs.

The grants announced Tuesday, to 11 Los Angeles community-based organizations, will help ease the transition of the veterans back into society and promote financial literacy for women, youth and immigrants.

Among the recipients are Adopt-A-College, a program of The Soldiers Project; Military Families Programs, operated by ZERO TO THREE; Listos (We’re Ready), a program of Centro Latino for Literacy; California Council on Economic Education (CCEE), MoneyWise Teen; and New Directions, Inc., Operation Welcome Home.

“With tens of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans returning home, The Foundation believed it was vitally important to focus several of our General Community Grants on alleviating the difficulties so many of these dedicated soldiers face in reintegrating into society, including finding employment and re-establishing relationships with their spouses and children,” Marvin I. Schotland, the foundation’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Another focal point, and one just as timely, is our support of financial literacy programs for homeless teens, immigrants and others who have been increasingly challenged during the economic downturn.”

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