Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Fairfax Times reports on Delegate Keam's Veterans Jobs bill

Bill would help veterans get health care jobs

Legislation headed toward approval in the General Assembly would allow veterans to count their military health-care training and experience toward certification as nurses and other medical professionals in Virginia.

Del. Mark Keam (D-Dist. 35) of Vienna proposed legislation that would let clinical education and practical experience in the armed services fulfill some of the qualification requirements for emergency medical services personnel in Virginia.

Another bill would do the same for veterans seeking licensure or certification as occupational therapists, radiologist assistants, nurses and certain other health care professionals.

Under the bills, state licensing authorities would determine whether an individual's "relevant practical experience" and training in the armed forces can substitute for other certification requirements.

The measures have won unanimous approval in the House of Delegates and been assigned to the health licensing subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Education and Health.

Keam said the legislation will help veterans land health care jobs.

"I've met many veterans over the past year or so who've come back from Iraq, and even older folks, who are having a really hard time getting jobs in Virginia and elsewhere," he said.

--Destiny Shelton, Capital News Service

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