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Legislation Passed Setting Aside State Contracts For Disabled Vets

There is good news tonight for disabled veterans. The state legislature has passed a bill designed to help them find work and grow their businesses.
"I think it's about time they finally did something for the vets."
Glenn Rice spent years in the armed forces and is now starting a business. He says one of the hardest things to do as a disabled veteran, is get back to work.
"Sometimes your head's not straight and to try and get back into civilian life is difficult," Glenn says.
New legislation could mean new hope for service disabled veterans. If you're a veteran with a service related disability and you own a business, you could soon have a better change of getting a state contract.
The legislation will make sure a certain amount of state contracts will be set aside for these vets.
Jeremy Bagley, vets coordinator for Nazareth college says, "there's a 3% federal program and now Governor Cuomo came out and said we want to make sure that New York State is that much more ahead than the federal government, so they doubled the 3% to 6%, it's potentially billions of dollars going into disabled vets businesses."
Jim Mossgraber is the General Manager of T&T Materials, a metal supply company owned by a disabled vet.
"Pay attention to small businesses that are service disabled owned and whenever possible purchase from them and encourage them to bid on whatever their project might be," Jim explains.
The legislation will give Glenn Rice, and more than 100,000 other disabled vets in NYS hope, for the future.
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