Gillibrand proposes bill to help unemployed vets

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand held a news conference yesterday at Babylon Town Hall to announce legislation that would help unemployed veterans.

Gillibrand's office says 21 percent of veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are currently unemployed. The bill introduced today would expand the post-9/11 GI bill and establish veterans programs within the national Small Business Administration.

Michael Cirelli, of Lindenhurst, says he's had trouble finding work since returning from Afghanistan last year. Cirelli, 37, also served in the 1990s and says he welcomes any legislation to help him get back on his feet.

Gillibrand says her bill has bipartisan support.

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