Sen. Schumer campaigns to help unemployed vets
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- One lawmaker is continuing the push to hire the men and women who served our country. Senator Charles Schumer wants to keep a tax credit that motivates businesses and hospitals to hire more vets.
He made a stop at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse to talk about the idea. Schumer thanked the hospital for already employing about 100 veterans.
He is working to save the expiring tax credit that gives employers up to $9,600 per veteran hired. The senator believes vets should have a place to work when they return from months, even years, on active duty.
"The unemployment of veterans who've come back from Iraq and Afghanistan is about double the national average and the New York State average, so we should go out of their way for them. No one wants people to hire a veteran who's not qualified, but our veterans have great skills," said Sen. Schumer.
Schumer says some of these skills are in the medical field, with trauma and first aid. Other skills include repairing tanks and other equipment.