This week, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) voted for legislation that will help qualified veterans enter the civilian workforce. The "Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act" helps correct a restriction that has forced veterans with military emergency medical training to retrain for the equivalent civilian certification.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "Our veterans are already out of work at a significantly higher rate than the unacceptable national unemployment numbers. Instead of forcing our homecoming patriots to suffer needless bureaucratic hurdles and waste valuable time before they re-enter civilian life, we should be smoothing their transition whenever possible.
This legislation accomplishes just that and I was very pleased to have voted for it. Our well trained and professional veterans are more than able to accomplish any task required of them in their new civilian jobs and our laws should reflect this. I am delighted to help veterans who possess emergency medical training use their skills in the civilian workforce, and I hope that this legislation can serve as a model for similar initiatives in the future. Our veterans and their families sacrifice so much for our nation; this bill was the just and reasonable thing to do for them."