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From Navy to the work force

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

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.

 
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