Marina >> The Veterans Transition Center has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo for a jobs program.

The bank’s grant will be used to develop workforce development skills, such as resumé writing, and other basic needs for local veterans.

“The development of our small businesses is critical to our region’s economic growth,” said Joe Mathai, president of Wells Fargo’s Valley Coastal Market, “and returning veterans should have the resources available to them to succeed in their ventures.”

VTC executive director Terry Bare said the grant will not just be for programs to get employment, but job retention work as well.

“Veterans have fought many battles. Finding a job shouldn’t be one of them,” he wrote in an email.

The grant marks a successful fundraising year for the center.

Three weeks ago, it got a $150,000 grant from the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation to repair its headquarters, Martinez Hall, and expand programs.

In October, it got a $50,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

Since opening in 2002, the center has provided housing to more than 1,300 veterans, including 420 families with children. It also provided other types of assistance to about 12,000 veterans last year.

The bank will present its check to the center Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Martinez hall.

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