Nassau program joins returning vets with employers

Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced a new program Tuesday aimed at helping returning veterans find jobs as they re-adjust to civilian life. Since Sept. 11, more than 3,000 Nassau residents have

News 12 Staff

Dec 31, 2008, 12:30 AM

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Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced a new program Tuesday aimed at helping returning veterans find jobs as they re-adjust to civilian life.
Since Sept. 11, more than 3,000 Nassau residents have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and hundreds more are currently fighting. When they return home, they often have difficulty finding work. The unemployment rate for returning young veterans is double the national average than for non-veterans of the same age. With that in mind, Nassau is launching Warriors to Work.
Four trade unions and a dozen Long Island companies have signed on to the Warriors to Work program. They are pledging to create jobs for at least 200 returning veterans.
"We're going to try and take the vets out there and connect them to companies, and help them navigate the bureaucracy that exists,? Suozzi said Tuesday.
North Shore-LIJ health systems, the Island's largest employer, is promising to hire at least 20 veterans in the coming year.Retired four-star Army General Richard Cody says Warriors to Work will send the right message to veterans.
"You are basically telling these young men and women who donned the cloth of our nation in time of war, ?you are on the job for us now. When you come back we are going to find a job for you.?"
Warriors to Work hotline ? 516-572-8451
To see more of Suozzi?s press conference, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.


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