Assemblyman Steve Hawley discusses the G.I.V.E. Back NY Program, which would give disabled veterans more opportunities to have internships in the New York State Assembly.
Video Of Assemblyman Hawleys Comments Can Be Found Here
Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today was joined by Assembly members Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I-Fishkill) as well as various veterans groups to call for a new internship program within the Assembly for disabled veterans. Hawley envisions this internship program as a way for disabled veterans struggling to enter the workforce to gain legislative government experience for their resumes as they put themselves through college.
Among the many challenges that disabled veterans face when they transition to civilian life, breaking into the workforce is near the top. An Assembly internship program, specifically for disabled veterans, would show both our gratitude for their sacrifice and give them needed job experience, said Hawley. I also believe members of the Assembly and their staff could benefit from having disabled vets working alongside them. These vets would be a reminder of service to country and community − a reminder that is sorely needed in government right now.
The proposed Assembly internship program, Giving Internships for disabled Veterans not currently Employed (G.I.V.E.) Back NY, would set aside a certain number of the Assemblys internships for disabled veterans. The unemployment rates for disabled veterans is higher than the national average, and this paid internship program would give participants income to help pay for college or help provide for their family.
During Hawleys remarks at the press conference about the proposed program, he noted the recent Super Bowl commercial in which a town welcomes a veteran home with a parade. While the commercial was a reminder of the appreciation that is shown to veterans when they come home, it did not show how the veteran fared after the parade. The reality is that veterans have a difficult time transitioning to the workforce because there is no civilian equivalent to a lot of military work. Hawley views this program as a step to solve that problem. In addition, Assembly internships come with a stipend, and Hawley proposes this stipend for disabled veterans should amount to $11,500 for the semester.
While we dont have the capability to show our appreciation to veterans through a multimillion dollar Super Bowl commercial, we do have the ability to help boost their resumes, give them some money to help pay their way to college or provide for their families, and give them a ground-level view of how state government operates. It is the least we can do to help the veterans who served our country so honorably, said Hawley.