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Habitat Wants to Help Vets With Homes and Jobs

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Habitat for Humanity wants veterans who are returning home from overseas to have skills that will help them find jobs and a house to return to after work.

At an afternoon luncheon Thursday, local veterans and representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Westchester kicked off a partnership they hope will provide enough housing for incoming veterans who are returning home from overseas in the ensuing months and years.

In addition, Habitat for Veterans is operating a career services program that helps create jobs for veterans, teaches them job building skills and works towards a green-jobs factory with an emphasis on hiring veterans.

Habitat has focused on building homes for poverty-stricken families in the past. However, now the organization is turning its efforts in ensuring shelter and job placement for returning veterans.

“With thousands of veterans soon to be returning from overseas, we believe this was most timely to have this kickoff,” said Jim Killoran, director of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester.

Thursday’s event was the first of many that Habitat hopes will become a full-fledged network of veteran’s resources The partnership follows President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw another 10,000 troops by the end of the year and another 20,000 by the end of the summer of 2012.

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