RYE BROOK - A coalition of businesses from Westchester is joining forces to help returning veterans to find local jobs.

The Westchester Bank kicked off its national grassroots effort yesterday called the "Veterans Career Mentoring Program."

Nearly 40 local businesses, including News 12's parent company Cablevision, met with dozens of veterans at The Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook. The business owners have volunteered to help advise returning veterans, who are looking for work after serving their country. "Veterans are experienced people with knowledge and strong discipline, who can work under pressure and have the discipline and teamwork to help businesses," says John Tolomer, of The Westchester Bank.

Organizers say the need is especially important since the draw-down of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is set to begin this year.