Lanham-based veterans group Amvets has been awarded a $250,000 grant to bring veterans' job services to 20 new markets around the country.
The grant comes from the Call of Duty Endowment, which provides grants to groups that find jobs for veterans. Amvets expects to open career centers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, California, Florida, Missouri and Tennessee.
The unemployment rate for veterans improved overall in 2012 to 7 percent, according to a U.S. Labor Department annual report released Wednesday. But the rate for the youngest veterans, ages 18 to 24, averaged 20.4 percent, 5 percent higher than the rate for nonveterans of the same age.
The endowment supports groups with proven business models that can target new markets where the most veterans have the most need, said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard and founder and co-chairman of endowment.