Rep. Nita Lowey, veterans rally in Rockland for federal Job Corps bill
NEW CITY — Veterans were a focus in Rockland on Tuesday as supporters urged passage of a jobs bill to help put thousands of men and women who served their country to work.
Calling the 12.1 percent unemployment rate for new veterans an “embarrassment,” Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, called for support for the Veterans Job Corps initiative.
The proposal, pitched by President Barack Obama in his 2012 State of the Union address, calls for the creation of 20,000 jobs for veterans who would rebuild and repair local infrastructure.
“Caring for our veterans is a sacred responsibility,” Lowey said. “For our veterans, who sacrificed for our nation, we must ensure they have access to education, job training and an easier transition to civilian life.” Read More.