Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is advocating a new law that will provide more jobs and better job training for America's recent veterans at a time when many of them are unemployed.
She spoke in Manhattan to a group of New York City veterans Sunday and announced a push for the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, which would provide job training skills to former soldiers.
The law would also try to make more job opportunities for veterans returning home, by providing training, personal assessments and workshops and easing federal hiring practices.
The Labor Department estimates that more than 20 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are currently unemployed.
In New York City, more than 13 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are unemployed.