Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Delegate Keam's "Healthcare Jobs for Veterans" Bill Passes the House


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, January 28, 2011

Delegate Mark Keam's Healthcare Jobs for Veterans Bill Moves Forward

~HB 2279 Unanimously Approved by House of Delegates~

 

RICHMOND, VA — Today, the Virginia House of Delegates voted unanimously to approve Delegate Mark Keam's "Healthcare Jobs for Veterans" bill.  Bipartisan House Bill 2279 would help military veterans find jobs when they enter the civilian sector by allowing their military experience to qualify them for state-certified healthcare jobs.

The 95 to 0 vote by the House assures that the Senate will likely act favorably on Keam's legislation as it is considered in February.  HB 2279 is endorsed by the American Legion and the Virginia Healthcare and Hospitals Association as well as Governor McDonnell's administration.

"I am very pleased that my House colleagues voted unanimously for this bill, which is designed to provide jobs for our bravest men and women in uniform," said Keam.

The bill requires the Virginia Commissioner of Health to consider pertinent military training, experience, and education when evaluating an applicant for certification as a civilian Emergency Medical Technician.  Specifically, the bill will help those with advanced military training qualify for the highest level of EMT positions available through maximum reciprocity.

"We should do all we can to assist our military veterans returning home, especially for those whose superb military training can be transferred to societal benefits in the civilian world," Keam added.  "My bill provides concrete opportunities for some veterans to use their medical emergency support skills to help save lives in Virginia."

HB 2279 is found at http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?111+sum+HB2279.

Delegate Mark Keam (www.www.markkeam.com) represents Virginia's 35th House district, located in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The 35th District includes the Town of Vienna, and portions of Tysons, Dunn Loring, Wolf Trap, Oakton and Fair Oaks.  Keam, currently serving his first term in office, sits on the House Finance and House Militia, Police and Public Safety committees.

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