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Hiring Veterans

Written By: Joe Melillo

New york State is continuing efforts to get returning veterans back to work. Governor Cuomo signed legislation requiring the Division of Veteran affairs to add an employment section to it’s website.

Hiring Veterans
 

July 25, 2012

New York (WENY) - New york State is continuing efforts to get returning veterans back to work. Governor Cuomo signed legislation requiring the Division of Veteran affairs to add an employment section to it's website. The Governor launched the "Experience Counts" campaign last fall to help vets transfer their military skills to the public and private workforce. This addition to the veteran affairs website is designed to enhance the effort.

     “You do change a little bit when your over and you come back and its hard.”

     Veterans like Corey Kulcavage know how difficult it is to find a job after returning from war. Today was the army vet's third day on the job in Bath. For veterans coming home, getting back to normal is key to a successful transition, and that means being employed.

     “It gets you closer to the lifestyle you were in at one time; so it means a lot,” says Corey.

     Disney's" Heros Work Here" campaign is encouraging companies to hire vets, and Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing the same, signing legislation requiring the State Division of Veteran Affairs website to have an employment page.

     Dawn Smith has been helping returning vets find jobs for 5 years. As a veteran herself she feels vets make valuable employees.

     “They've been through a lot they've shown they have what it takes to be successful. If you give them the right opportunity and the right training they can do whatever we ask of them,” says Smith.

      Earlier this year, the Governor announced the New York Department of Motor Vehicles will waive road tests for veterans applying for a commercial driver's license if they have military experience operating a similar vehicle.