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New IL law aims to help employ veterans

ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

A new law will allow businesses to grant preference job applicants who served in the military.

The new law gives preference job applicants for every private and non-public employment position throughout Illinois for honorably discharged veterans of a U.S. war or of any military campaign.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, in 2014, 21.2 million men and women were veterans. Of these, 10.2 million veterans were employed, 573,000 were unemployed and the rest, 10.5 million, were not in the labor force (neither employed nor seeking employment) nationally.

Proponents of the law argue that by giving employers more power to hire veterans, the unemployment rate should decrease.

Illinois Representative Brandon Phelps said it's more than just about the numbers.

"We owe it to the men and women who serve this country to make sure they can find a job when they decide it's time to hang up their uniform," he said. "If you're going to put your life on the line to serve your country, that last thing you should have to worry about is where you're going to find work."

Phelps represents the 118th District, which includes all or portions of Alexander, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline and Union counties.

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