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    State Senator Greg Ball, whose 40th District includes Lewisboro and Katonah, has approved two pieces of legislation that are intended to create job opportunities for veterans.

    The two bills, which passed the New York State Senate, are S7489A, which would provide a preference in state contracts for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and S7661, which would provide a tax credit of up to $10,000 to any business that hires a veteran returning home from military service.

    “We must strengthen employment opportunities for our veterans” said Sen. Ball, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. “These bills will provide a small measure of recognition and support to the men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. New York state needs to do everything in its power to provide quality employment opportunities to these heroes returning to civilian lives.”

    Sen. Ball said the U.S. Department of Labor released a report in October of 2011 that stated the unemployment rate for veterans who served in the last decade was around 12.1% — higher than the nation’s unemployment rate. (ARTICLE)