Today the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed H.R. 4124 -- the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act which provides grants to States with EMT shortages to help returning veterans enter the EMT workforce.
This Legislation helps schools like Texas A&M Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) and Del Mar College that have programs dedicated to helping put our nation's veterans back to work. TAMUCC is home to the eLine Military Program giving veteran medics returning from service an opportunity to use what they learned in the military and apply it towards academic credit for a nursing degree.
"The Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act provides support for institutions like TAMUCC and Del Mar College that transition our military medics from the battleground to civilian life," said Congressman Farenthold. "Programs like these put our veterans back to work and help their families as they return home. I applaud the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee for recognizing the need to help those who bravely sacrifice in service to their nation and look forward to voting for this legislation when it comes to the floor," Farenthold said.
"We're excited that the Island University's model, acknowledging the valuable skills our service members have learned during their military training, can have an impact in other areas of the healthcare profession," said Dr. Killebrew, President of Texas A&M University -- Corpus Christi. We're proud of our efforts to innovate new ways to meet the critical demands for health care in South Texas and beyond," said Dr. Killebrew.