Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) received the Freedom Award from New York City Helmets to Hardhats this week at their second annual luncheon.
The Freedom Award is the highest honor given by the organization and is awarded specifically to individuals who show exemplary service to city veterans.
Helmets to Hardhats assists transitioning service members with job placement in the city’s construction industry. The organization works with 15 trade organizations citywide, representing approximately 100,000 working people.
Since his appointment as Chair of the Council Veterans Committee last January, Ulrich has introduced legislation addressing veterans’ issues related to employment, mental health, and homelessness. Ulrich also helped secure a $400,000 allocation in this year’s budget to support veteran services throughout the city.
Representatives of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, the City Central
Labor Council, and the Building Trades Employers’ Association, along with union locals, were also present at the award luncheon.
“It’s a win for the veterans. It’s a win for our unions. And it’s a win for our industry, who get access to some of the most highly-trained, dedicated, and talented workers in the country,” said city Helmets to Hardhats Chairman and Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera, on the partnerships and successes celebrated at the event.
“NYC Helmets to Hardhats is helping connect our military veterans with jobs,” Ulrich said. “Our veterans deserve a living wage, retirement security, and the opportunity to give their kids a better shot at life. I am truly honored to accept this award today on behalf of all the men and women who have served our country.”
By Forum Staff