Longtime Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th) on Wednesday urged the city’s human resources department to find ways to help returning veterans use their skills to bolster Chicago’s public safety and first responder programs.
“We as a city can do a lot to take advantage of the fact that we invested hundreds of thousands of dollars training each individual and then they come back and they can’t get a job in areas they’re already trained for,” O’Connor said during the third day of budget hearings.
Human Resources Commissioner Soo Choi told aldermen she is open to exploring any possible programs to help veterans get jobs.
“I do agree that the city could be more aggressive in recruiting veterans,” Choi said.
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