CITY & STATE: BALL AND FORMER HBO CEO PUSH “JOBS FOR HEROES”

Written by Jon Lentz

This afternoon state Sen. Greg Ball is stepping up his push to pass “Job For Heroes” legislation, which sets aside 5 percent of state contracts for businesses owned by disabled military veterans, with a lobbying day in Albany.

Ball and others want to see the measure added to the state budget, and among those joining the lawmaker is Bill Nelson, a former HBO CEO, Vietnam veteran and board member of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America.

“The service-disabled veterans are the ones who raised their right hand, most of them after the 9/11 attack on New York and stepped forward and went into harm’s way, and many were wounded and injured … and one of the most important things for them to transition back to civilian life is actually to be able to get a job,” Nelson said. “Every Vietnam vet knows what it’s like to come back, and not only not have any support but not have any respect. The Vietnam Veterans of America’s founding principle is, never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” (ARTICLE)

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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