DHS to spend $500 million on training for military-age people

DHS plans to spend at least $500,000 to help train thousands of military-aged people for job-training programs, according to a new White House budget proposal.

The effort would be part of a broader effort to bolster the U.S. workforce for a wide range of federal programs, including disaster response, education, disaster relief and homeland security.

DHS officials announced the plan Wednesday during a White House press briefing on the budget proposal and said they would invest $1.5 billion in the first two years of the effort, up from the $800 million allocated for the first half of the year.

The White House is asking Congress for $1 trillion in emergency aid for the country through fiscal year 2019.

More than 50 million Americans, mostly military, are currently unemployed, according a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in December, down from 7.9 percent in August.