Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a city jobs center exclusively for returning military veterans
Mayor Bloomberg launched the city’s first veterans-only job center Tuesday.
the center, which opened its doors on Madison Ave. earlier in July and is staffed entirely by veterans, is considered to be the first of its kind in the nation, officials said.
“I think it’s fair to say we can never fully repay the debt we owe them,” Bloomberg said of those who have served in the country’s armed forces.
“But one of the things we certainly can do is make sure they have the support they need when they return to civilian life.”
Officials anticipate the center will increase the number of veterans who find jobs through the city’s Workforce1 program to 1250 a year, from 800 last year.
Veterans often struggle to find jobs when they return from service, with an unemployment rate greater than 12% nationally, compared to 8% for the general population.
Officials said many employers don’t recognize how skills gained in the military will be useful in other jobs — and the center will teach vets how to sell those skills in the job hunt.
“If you can drive a convoy looking for IEDs, you can drive a bus, okay. if you can fix an F-16, you can work on somebody’s fleet,” said Terrance Holliday, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs.