New York City officials announced a new jobs program to help returning veterans find employment. City Council speaker Christine Quinn said the program will partner with the non-profit firm Seedco and the city's Workforce-One Career centers to provide job search assistance and placement.
"With the Iraq and Afghanistan fast approaching, we in New York city need to make sure we have all the appropriate and necessary structures in place to help our service men and women find jobs," said Quinn.
Several private employers have already joined the program, including TD Bank, Microsoft and Morgan Stanley. There are more than 17,000 unemployed veterans throughout the five boroughs, an increase of more than 4,700 from a year ago.
Quinn said that serving in the military provides an invaluable set of skills but veterans often have difficultly translating their work experience into civilian terms.