ALBANY, 01/14/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined veterans and senate colleagues to call for passage of the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program” to support service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses.
The legislation (S.2803B) co-sponsored by Senator Seward mirrors the highly successful federal program and is currently in use in nearly forty other states. The senate has repeatedly passed the bill since its introduction in 2007, and Governor Cuomo offered his support for the concept during his recent State of the State address.
“We owe our veteran a great debt of gratitude, but often times when they return from serving our nation they have difficulty securing employment,” said Senator Seward. “After sacrificing to protect and secure the American Dream they are unable to realize it themselves. We can and must change that.”
The “NY Jobs for Heroes Program” creates a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses in New York State. Given the increase in the number of veterans and disabled veterans due to recent overseas conflicts, this bill would provide a small measure of recognition that this group of selfless men and women deserve.
Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee Senator Greg Ball said, “One in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners. The same attributes that make these people so vital to defending our freedom are the same hard earned intangibles that make them exceptional at running their businesses and creating jobs.”
“This program will mean not only a job, but a career, and an opportunity for our returning disabled veterans and their families. Our veterans were there when we needed them, and we need to be there when they need us,” Seward concluded.