Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Fairfax County Times reports on Delegate Keam's Veterans bill

Tuesday March 1, 2011

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Bills aim to expand veterans' job options

Two bills to create health care job opportunities for veterans have won final approval from the General Assembly and are headed to Gov. Robert F. McDonnell for his consideration.

House Bill 2279, proposed by Del. Mark Keam (D-Dist. 35), will allow a veteran's military training to fulfill some of the qualification requirements for emergency medical services personnel in Virginia.

H.B. 1535, introduced by Del. Donald Merricks (R-Dist. 16) will provide similar assistance to veterans seeking certification as occupational therapists, radiologist assistants, nurses and certain other health-care professionals. Keam and Merricks co-sponsored each other's bills, along with a bipartisan mix of legislators.

Last week, the Senate joined the House in unanimously approving both measures.

Under the legislation, health care licensing authorities "may accept relevant practical experience and didactic and clinical components of education and training completed by an applicant during his service as a member of any branch of the armed forces of the United States as evidence of satisfaction of the requirements for certification" in specified professions.

Keam says the legislation is a way for society to show its appreciation to veterans.

--Capital News Service

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