NY lawmakers say state can do more to help its veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There’s a push by some state lawmakers in New York to do more for the Empire State’s veterans.

In an announcement timed for Veterans’ Day, the state Senate’s Democratic minority will announce a series of bills Wednesday designed to link veterans to programs to help them get jobs, housing, mental health care and other services to ease the transition to civilian life and reward them for their service.

One of the measures would create an employment website for veterans. Another would allow them to receive educational credits for military training and a third would create programs for veterans who are victims of sexual violence.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers says the initiatives are intended to build on earlier programs that support the state’s 800,000 former servicemen and women.

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