Veteran hiring incentives in PA

By Jillian Marshall

Veteran hiring incentives in PA

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM EDT

Harrisburg, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Pennsylvania lawmakers urged the state Senate to approve a bill that will help veterans find jobs.

Lawmakers pushed the Senate to help establish the Vets First Tax Credit.

The credit program will provide a $4,000 tax credit to employers for every veteran they hire.

If approved, the program will last for four years, as long as the veteran works all four years.

Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Stack (D-5th District) says veterans who return from Afghanistan face an unemployment rate double the state's average.

"We talk about how we can never do enough for our men and women that served in our military. And too often in government, and in society as a whole, it's more talk than action. We can never stop moving forward on this issue," Stark said.

According to lawmakers, Pennsylvania has 960,000 veterans, the 4th highest in the nation.