Career Center Caters to NYC Veterans
NYC is helping veterans reenter the workforce.
Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the WorkForce1 Veteran Career Center Tuesday in midtown Manhattan.
The center will connect New York City's 8,600 unemployed veterans with training opportunities and career services.
"These heroes face distinct challenges reentering the workforce after service," says Bloomberg, "But they also have skills and training many others don't. We want to make sure these skills are put to use."
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says having so many unemployed veterans is unacceptable.
"It's one thing to say we support our troops when they're abroad," Quinn says, "But to really mean that we need to make sure we help them when they return."
The WorkForce1 Veteran Career Center will be staffed with veterans. Anthony Morvillo is an Afghanistan war veteran and is now the manager of the center.
"It is the goal of the staff here at this center to create a place where veterans can come and reintegrate into the communities they so bravely volunteered to defend," he says.
In 2011, WorkForce1 found employment for 800 veterans. With the new center, they're hoping to help up to 1,250 per year.