There are around 225,000 veterans in New York City, about 18,000 of whom served in Iraq or Afghanistan. A grassroots organization, NYMetroVets, wants the next mayor of New York to do more to assist those former soldiers, sailors, airmen and women and Marines.
Their recommendations include making veteran-led businesses a preferential class for city contracts, a benefit that minority- and women-owned firms now enjoy.
They also want to appoint a sort of veterans employment czar, expand a tax-break to put vets on par with senior citizens and clergy members, increase housing options for veterans and strengthen a push by several local district attorneys to run “veterans courts,” which deal with offenses by veterans linked to drug and mental-health issues that might have grown out of their military service.
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