Syracuse, NY, May 15, 2012 — New York's senators are looking to reduce unemployment among recently retired veterans. They unveiled three new bills at a joint press conference Monday. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and
Charles Schumer say the proposed legislation is needed to reduce a 12%
unemployment rate among veterans.
Senator Gillibrand says the bills would expand transition training programs, increase access to education and make it easier to hire vets, "Too often when our veterans come home, they can't translate all the skills and learning they received while serving onto a resume for civilian jobs, a task anybody would struggle with."
The proposed legislation would expand existing training programs.
Employers would also be required to recognize more of the skills, like electrician or operating heavy machinery, acquired by applicants during military service.
Senator Gillibrand says all three have bipartisan support.