• Cuomo Signs Bill Accelerating Process for Military Spouses to Transfer Licenses

    Cuomo Signs Bill Accelerating Process for Military Spouses to Transfer Licenses0

    The state of New York will expedite the process for issuing occupational licenses to the spouses of active-duty military personnel transferred to New York who are licensed to practice in another state, under legislation signed Sept. 9 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The bill also requires the state to issue temporary licenses while the applications of military spouses are pending. The measure would cover as many as 50 fields, including medicine, architecture, engineering, accounting and social work. The bill’s enactment makes New York the last state in the country to give special consideration for licensing to military spouses …

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  • Virginia Law Establishes Pilot to Ease Process for Medics to Gain Civilian Credentials

    Virginia Law Establishes Pilot to Ease Process for Medics to Gain Civilian Credentials0

    Active-duty military medics and corpsmen participating in a pilot program in Virginia will be able to earn licenses or credentials recognized by civilian health care organizations, under legislation signed into law this week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The bill establishes a pilot program modeled after the Veterans Health Administration Intermediate Care Technician Pilot Program, which operates in 15 VA medical centers. The Virginia measure marks the first effort by a state to offer an expedited path to employment for veteran medics and corpsmen, according to a press release from the office of the governor …

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  • Georgia Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Ease Plight of Transitioning Personnel, Spouses

    Georgia Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Ease Plight of Transitioning Personnel, Spouses0

    The Georgia Legislature approved multiple bills benefitting military families and transitioning service members during the session that closed last week. On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to expedite the process for military spouses to transfer professional licenses from other states, sending the measure to Gov. Nathan Deal (R). The Military Spouses and Veterans Licensure Act, House Bill 821, would require all state licensure boards to adopt a process permitting military spouses and transitioning service members moving to Georgia to qualify for temporary occupational licenses, licenses by endorsement or expedited licenses that would allow them to enter Georgia’s workforce …

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  • State Credentialing Requirements Continue to Vex Veterans0

    Separating service members continue to face significant barriers to gaining civilian credentials for skills they mastered during their military service, witnesses told a House subcommittee last week. The problem stems from the dizzying array of state requirements and training programs veterans must satisfy, reported Military Times. “This situation creates an artificial barrier to employment for veterans,” Roy Swift, executive director of Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute, told the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee …

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  • Georgia Invests in Job Training Center for Service Members, Veterans0

    The state of Georgia is spending $10 million to build a training center for military members and their families in Warner Robins to help veterans earn academic credentials needed to enter the civilian workforce. The Georgia Military and Academic Training Center, located next to Robins Air Force Base, is expected to support military personnel and veterans with education and training, credit transfers and job placement. Military members and veterans currently can attend many Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia University System schools to receive certifications in hundreds of educational programs …

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  • Kaine Measure Would Help Troops Pay for Civilian Credentials0

    Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) last week introduced legislation to help service members acquire credentials that would ease their transition into the civilian workforce. The 2014 Credentialing Improvement for Troop Talent Act would allow DOD’s tuition assistance program to pay for licensing fees and additional expenses such as training materials and test fees. Currently, the program provides financial assistance for postsecondary courses and degree programs but does not cover credentialing expenses …

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