Sen. Gillibrand Pushes for Jobs for Veterans

By Tom Liddy on July 10, 2011 8:21pm 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a bill to help veterans find jobs.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a bill to help veterans find jobs.
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MANHATTAN — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand rallied in Midtown Sunday for jobs for veterans, who face high levels of unemployment.

The New York Democrat addressed a group of soldiers at her office on Third Avenue, near 49th Street, saying that thousands of military men and women are jobless in the city, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"Too many of our troops who risked their lives protecting our country are returning home to an alarming rate of joblessness," said the state's junior senator, who is sponsoring the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011.

The bill would provide job training and help get soldiers the experience they need to make it in life outside the military before they are discharged.

"When our brave men and women come home, we need to ensure they are equipped with the job skills needed so they can provide for their families," Gillibrand said.

According to the senator, joblessness among New York City veterans is 13 percent.

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