NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sixteen companies, along with both Nassau and Suffolk counties, have made a pledge to train, recruit and hire veterans for jobs, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

Congressman Steve Israel said more than 8 percent of veterans returning to New York from Iraq and Afghanistan have had trouble finding good jobs, and that has to end.

“It involves the government, it involves the private sector, it involves labor and it is based on a very simple premise that for veterans, you did the job for America and we want you on the job here on Long Island,” Israel said.

Juan Leon got a job with Israel’s office after returning from Afghanistan.

“We are seeing very signature wounds from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which is something that Congressman Israel is actually engaging in private partnerships,” Leon said.

The other companies who took the pledge to hire veterans include: Henry Schein, National Grid, GSE Dynamics, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, North Shore LIJ, New York Mets, Perfume Center of America, Orbit International, VJ Technologies, CA Technologies, First Data, D’Addario & Co, SterlingRisk, Suffolk County Community College, KPMG andTown of Huntington Chamber of Commerce.

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