SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The federal secretary of Veterans Affairs says there has been progress, but more needs to be done to connect unemployed veterans and employers.
Eric Shinseki met with veterans in Syracuse and says once doors are open, veterans are often the best choice for filling open jobs.
Shinseki said, "Especially veterans who have gone back to college and have used their new 9/11 GI Bill as an opportunity both to get an education or training. We have veterans who are in vocational training programs as well. But, connect them with jobs and make sure employers know what a veteran brings.
The roundtable was held in a public building and involved various government officials discussing this very public issue, but the media was blocked from covering the meeting with Secretary Shinseki. It was not a decision by the VA.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said she decided the presence of reporters and cameras would inhibit the discussion, so she ordered the session closed.