Governor Ralph Northam, a former Army doctor, has signed legislation making The Virginia Department of Veterans Services’ Military Medics and Corpsmen Program permanent after a successful two year pilot program.
Virginia is the first state to address the need for health care workers by making it possible for trained veterans to find jobs in the private sector.
Jeb Hockman at the Virginia Department of Veteran’s Services explained. “Men and women who were trained as medics in the Army, corpsmen in the Navy, technicians in the Air Force to be able to use those skills and have them recognized to be used in the civilian health care system.”
Previously the medical skills of these vets went unrecognized when they looked for work after their time in the service.
“If you come out of the military with this kind of training you can practice and perform certain acts and, while you’re working, they will help you get any certifications you need,” added Hockman.