A new bill has passed that will help veterans and the public alike.
A lot of veterans go overseas and come back without work, but because of a locally supported law, vets will take their wartime experience and use it to help others.
"We don't have enough paramedics in rural Minnesota and in North Dakota and we also have vets that need jobs when they come back," says Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Veterans have already learned the skills of how to be a paramedic on the battlefield.
With those important abilities, the new Veterans to Paramedics Transition Act will have EMS certifying agencies work with colleges to give veterans college credit for some of their experience.
Pam Schorsch, the Veterans Certifying Official at Northland Technical and Community College, says that a lot of veterans are going back to school to work in medicine.
"Right now on our campus, we have approximately 50 veterans and three–fourths of those are in some sort of health field," explains Schorsch.
The program will help fast–track vets through their college careers in order to get certified in their home states without re–learning what they already know.
"We're gonna say to states, we're going to give you some grants, so that you can start developing criteria that's going to allow you to give credit to soldiers for the time they've spent doing this kind of work," states Klobuchar.
Funding has already been authorized for the bill that Klobuchar and Schorsch say will keep people who come back to their communities.
"They want to give back to their areas or their communities and do really well in these fields," says Schorsch.
A great way to support our troops, all year round.
The bill will be put into effect over the next year.