Gillibrand Pushes Bill to Help Unemployed Veterans

Sunday, Jul 10, 2011  |  Updated 1:34 PM EDT
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Gillibrand Pushes Bill to Help Unemployed Veterans

Thousands of military veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are now living in New York City with no jobs.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for legislation to be passed that would help veterans gain the job skills they need.

Nationwide, the Democrat says more than 20 percent of young vets are unemployed.

As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gillibrand is pushing for passage of the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011. The legislation would help veterans through training, personal employment assessments and workshops on how to write resumes and conduct interviews.

The senator says that too many of our troops who risked their lives protecting our country are returning home to an alarming rate of joblessness.

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