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Bill Helps Returning Veterans Get Jobs as First Responders


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A bill cosponsored by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree that passed the U.S. House last night would make it easier for veterans with emergency medicine training to get certified as EMTs when they return home.

"Military men and women get some of the best technical training in emergency medicine, and many of them have used those skills on the battlefield. But when they come home, they often find they need basic training they've already proven they can do, just to get certified and start working," Pingree said. "This bill will make it easier for them to put their skills to work in our communities and make it easier for these veterans to find jobs."

The Veterans Emergency Medical Technician Support Act provides grants to states to help them streamline their requirements and create fast track certification and waivers to get these medics transitioned to the workforce more quickly and smoothly.

"Veterans and their families make some pretty big sacrifices when they volunteer to serve our country. We owe it to them to do everything possible to help them find a job when they come home," Pingree said.

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