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The Telegram
  • Seward: Jobs for Heroes Program a must for veterans

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  • ALBANY — State Senator James Seward joined veterans and Senate colleagues to call for passage of the NY Jobs for Heroes Program to support service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses.
    The legislation co-sponsored Seward mirrors the federal program and is currently in use in nearly 40 other states.
    The Senate has passed the bill since its introduction in 2007, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered his support for the concept during his recent State of the State address.
    “We owe our veterans a great debt of gratitude, but often times when they return from serving our nation they have difficulty securing employment,” said Seward, R-Oneonta. “After sacrificing to protect and secure the American Dream they are unable to realize it themselves. We can and must change that.”
    The NY Jobs for Heroes Program creates a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses in New York state. Given the increase in the number of veterans and disabled veterans due to recent overseas conflicts, the bill would provide a small measure of recognition that this group of selfless men and women deserve, said Seward.
    “This program will mean not only a job, but a career and an opportunity for our returning disabled veterans and their families. Our veterans were there when we needed them, and we need to be there when they need us,” he said.
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