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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

White House Initiatives to Bolster Veterans’ Job Prospects

  • October 26, 2011
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The federal government will make it easier for military veterans to use their training as physician assistants, under a new initiative the White House announced Tuesday.

The Health Resources and Services Administration will give priority in physician assistant grant awards to universities that train veterans for careers as physician assistants. In an effort to expand the number of training programs that accommodate veterans, the government will identify model programs that offer expedited curricula for veterans and that offer enhanced veteran recruiting, retention and mentoring services, reported American Forces Press Service.

“All too often, those who have sacrificed so much for America struggle to find a job worthy of their talents,” Matt Flavin, White House director of veterans and wounded warrior policy, said on the White House blog.

Last month, the White House launched an initiative to align accreditation requirements for nursing programs with medic training so that military medics can receive academic credit for their service. Starting in the current fiscal year, the federal government will give priority to nurse training programs that serve veterans when awarding grants.

Also this week, the White House challenged Community Health Centers to hire 8,000 veterans — about one veteran per health center site — over the next three years. The departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs will work together to connect veterans to the health clinics’ job openings.

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