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Stamford Senator Pushes to Get Jobs for Veterans

STAMFORD, Conn. — State Sen. Carlo Leone made a push to help military veterans return to the work force Tuesday while testifying before the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee.

“As we draw down our troops from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, more young veterans are going to need good jobs. Yet, too many veterans already are unemployed. Senate Bill 1 will expand job opportunities for this influx of new veterans and address long-term unemployment to make sure everyone is treated in a fair and equitable manner,” Leone said in a statement. A Democrat, Leone represents parts of Stamford and Darien.

Leone, chair of the Veterans Committee, supported Senate Bill 1 , designed to expand certain state programs to add jobs in Connecticut, the statement said. Part of the bill would help the Step Up for Veterans initiative, which makes all Connecticut-based businesses that hire a veteran eligible for grants that would cover up to six months of salary and job training up to $12,000. Eligible veterans have to serve a minimum of 90 days in Afghanistan or Iraq and be Connecticut residents.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 30 percent of returning veterans ages 18 to 24 were unemployed in December. Connecticut will have 6,000 veterans return within the next six months, the statement said.

“Helping veterans to find jobs now will save the state money over the long run. A veteran with a good job can pay their own bills, and need not rely on the state for housing and other living expenses,” Leone said.

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