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Mayor Looks to Put Returning Vets to Work

Monday, May 07, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined a panel of leaders from the military, government, media and the nonprofit sector Monday attempting to address the challenges of helping veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

At a conference sponsored by the Robin Hood Foundation held at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Bloomberg said there are more than 8,600 unemployed veterans in New York City, which is why the city is launching a new multi-agency campaign to put them to work.

"Our goal is to increase the number of veterans we help to find jobs by more than 50 percent bringing it to 1,250 by next year," he said.

Last year, through Workforce One Career Centers, the city connected more than 800 veterans to jobs.

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Comments [1]

Joe Bello

It only took 11 years, but with roughly 600 days left in his administration, Mayor Bloomberg's policy on Veteran issues is finally crystal clear. He won't commit full money in any city budget when it comes to assisting Veterans. It has to be a partnership with those who can put up money. No money = little to no help for veterans or there families.

Reference: Borden Avenue (75% funding from VA), Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs (1/2 budget from State), and now The Robin Hood Foundation and its WorkForce1 grant. This initiative is good but it seems to be coming a little late in the game (3rd term, year and a half left) but I guess better late then never. There really has to be a better way.

May. 07 2012 06:02 PM

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