Assemblyman Ramos: Unemployment Highlighted as Top Issue at Veterans Roundtable
September 30, 2011
Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D-Central Islip) announced that a Veterans Roundtable was held on Wednesday at the Long Island Veterans Home at Stony Brook. Ramos, who serves as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, hosted the roundtable as an opportunity for veterans, veteran advocates and legislative leaders to discuss some of the difficulties so many veterans are facing as they come home from their tours of duty. Much of the conversation during the Veterans Roundtable discussed concerns about veteran employment and unemployment numbers amongst veterans upon returning from duty. At the current time, a staggering 21 percent of veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 are unemployed and unable to find work, Ramos said. “These brave men and women served our nation proudly, most of whom are reservists who put their lives on hold to serve and protect us,” said Ramos. “At the very least our vets deserve the chance to be just as proud of the work they do in our country as employed members of society as they are of the work they do for our country.” Many of the ideas that came up build off initiatives and bills sponsored by Ramos and passed by the Assembly, including:
- directing the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs (NYSDVA) to periodically review the programs they offer to ensure that they are appropriately responding to the needs of the population of older veterans (A7660); and
- requiring NYSDVA to include the number of veteran-owned small businesses in New York in its annual report to the governor and members of the Legislature (A7166).