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State expands program to help veterans get jobs

ALBANY -- The State Labor Department is expanding a program that helps NY veterans find work after serving our country.

'Experience Counts' grants veterans credit for their military service, transferring time served into certification for civilian jobs like bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks, certified nursing assistants and computer support specialists.

Today, Governor Cuomo has announced that 'Experience Counts' has a new component: Certifying veterans to become a licensed armed security guard through a free, on-site training program.

The training program is available at all of the Department of Labor’s New York State Career Centers which helps place veterans in jobs. Once veterans are trained and licensed, Career Center staff will connect them to one of the more than 8,300 available security jobs statewide.

The training is a partnership with the New York State Departments of State and Division of Criminal Justice Services, which ensured it was adequate for certification.  The Department of Labor offers the certification for free, waiving fees normally charged by independent providers.

In addition to the CDL and Security Guard measures, the Governor has ordered the Labor Department to work with the Department of Health to aid in the transfer of armed service experience into civilian credits or certifications for medics.

Department of Labor staff work directly with the military to get the word out to troops who may be interested in being certified for one of these jobs.  Through the new NYESS (New York State Employment Services System), Career Center staff will be able to thoroughly mange each veteran’s case.  The training consists of a computer video that must be completed and a test to be administered by staff and graded.

Of the currently 8,327 security guard jobs available statewide, staff at New York State Career Centers will help place veterans in the following openings in the following regions:
• Capital Region: 365
• Central NY: 194
• Finger Lakes: 265
• Long Island: 440
• Mid-Hudson: 1,649
• Mohawk Valley: 167
• New York City: 4,085
• North Country: 68
• Southern Tier: 272
• Western NY: 822

Veterans are also invited to attend special “Be A Hero-Hire A Hero” Job Fairs in the coming months:
• August 14 – Farmingdale, NY
• September 10 – Peekskill, NY
• October 16 – Latham, NY

For more information on the job fairs, please visit:
If you’d like more information about any of these programs, please visit the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Services website at or contact your Local Veterans’ Employment Representative at


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