From Navy to the work force

Kevin Kirwan and his wife, Tuli Roy-Kirwan, are expecting their first child in January.

This summer, Metro wrote about a New York City veteran who, despite 14 years serving in the Navy, could not find a job once he returned home to Queens.

Many Metro readers responded to the piece, writing with words of encouragement and even offers to hire Kevin Kirwan.

But this Veteran’s Day, Metro has positive news to report: Kirwan, 35, began a job as a loan modification supervisor with JPMorgan Chase in September. The job offer came just in time; his first child is due in January.

“Work is fantastic!” Kirwan told Metro. “I have a team of nine people, and they are a pleasure to work with.”

It’s no wonder he’s ecstatic to be working, after fruitless months of applying to more than 200 jobs, despite international experience and a bachelor’s degree in justice administration.

JPMorgan Chase is one of 11 companies so far, like AT&T and Verizon, with a goal of hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020.

As Metro reported, veterans often have a tough time translating their war skills into the civilian workplace.

But vets like Kevin are “disciplined and team players,” said JPMorgan Chase’s Maureen Casey.

On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that offers tax credits to employers who hire vets. “The unemployment rate among our veterans is a crisis,” New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said.

Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter @AlisonatMetro.


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…


MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."


'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.


'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.


Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…


NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.


The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.