House Passes Veteran EMT Support Act
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed a measure to assist states in streamlining certification for members of the military who want to become EMTs.
The bipartisan bill was co-authored by Representatives Lois Capps, D-Calif., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
The Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act was passed by the House during the last session, but never went to the Senate.
For many years, many military veterans with medical training have wanted to continue as EMTs when they leave the service. In most cases, however, states don't recognize their skills, and make them start over.
"Our military men and women receive some of the best technical training in emergency medicine - and they prove their skills on the battlefield every day," Capps said in a prepared statement. "When they return home, however, experienced military medics are often required to begin their training completely over at the most basic level to receive certification for civilian jobs. This unnecessarily keeps our veterans out of the workforce and withholds valuable medical personnel from our communities...Our legislation would go a long way toward eliminating this roadblock."
Currently, many veteran military medics are required to take classes they have already completed in the military to satisfy the civilian licensure system, needlessly delaying their entry into the civilian workforce and driving up educational costs, she added.
Kinzinger said: "...Veterans are now looking to the Senate to take up this commonsense jobs legislation and recognize that it is an important step to quickly and effectively help our men and women as they transition from the battlefield to civilian life."