Government red tape is preventing some military-certified emergency medical technicians from getting jobs once they return home.
Seven states and the District of Columbia do not recognize military training and experience, but instead require the veterans to go through lengthy and expensive training for certification, according to a Fox News report.
Joshua Harmon spent 14 years serving as a certified EMT in the Marine Corps and Illinois National Guard, but he cannot get a civilian job in Illinois without the additional costly training.
With the unemployment rate for veterans at 7.9 percent, higher than the 6.7 percent national average, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., is trying to change that.
“If someone learns something in the military, they should be able to come back, and maybe have that in the civilian world with the task of minimal training,” he said.
A veteran and current member of the Air National Guard, Kinzinger introduced H.R. 235, which would streamline the certification process for military EMTs. The measure has passed the House, but hasn’t been taken up in the Senate as of yet.
The bill applies to EMTs, but Kinzinger hopes to expand opportunities to other careers in the future.
Watch the report here via Fox News:
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