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GIVE Back NY program launches in Capital Region


ALBANY, N.Y. — The G.I.V.E. Back NY Program will launch on Tuesday.

The program, Giving Internships for Disabled Veterans Not Fully Employed, is a first in the nation pilot initiative.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville), Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, and many other legislative officials will be present at the event.

This year, there are 120 interns in the Assembly Internship program, which is down from 180 interns in 2013. Currently, the Assembly Internship program is open to students enrolled in a four-year college. Tedisco, Hawley and Lalor propose G.I.V.E. Back NY enrollees receive a stipend of $11,500 for the semester-long program. There will be no additional cost to taxpayers to implement G.I.V.E. Back NY.

"As our disabled veterans learn about state government, my colleagues and I and our college interns will learn from them about honor, duty, courage, and perseverance against the enemies of freedom and the principles that make America great. This pilot initiative also will give our disabled veterans significant experience to put on their resumes for future long-term employment," said Tedisco.

"In a time when our veterans are facing hard economic times. This program can help give a leg up to those how have given so much for all," said Robert L. Domenici, a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S.

The press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

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