Veterans and Health Care Employment Opportunities

(The following are EMPLOYMENT IN HEALTH CARE notes written with materials provided by NCSL staff during the 2013 NCSL Military and Veteran’s Affairs Task Force. I am not presenting as my opinion, just relaying the information as it was presented during the task force meeting)


Did you know…?

  • the unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans is 11.7%, compared to 8.3% in the general population
  • many veterans with medical training have difficulty funding employment in the health care fields
  • more than 35 million Americans currently live in medically underserved areas across the nation
  • Veterans return home and cannot find work despite having significant training in the medical field serving as medics and corpsmen;
  • Technical skills, education and experience differ between military and private sectors;
  • Lack a full range of training and education to meet private sector licensure credentials;
  • States face shortages in healthcare workers, but veterans with healthcare experience are still unemployed;
  • Veteran’s with medical training can help fill shortages;
  • Health care jobs expected to grow by more than 4 million jobs between 2010 and 2020;
  • Job growth to include:
    • 1.2 million registered nurses
    • 370,000 licensed practical nurses
    • 163,000 medical assistants
    • 120,800 EMT’s and paramedics
  • gaps exist between military and civilian training requirements
  • credentialing and licensing agencies often do not recognize equivalent military education or cannot obtain the necessary information to evaluate it
  • need programs to BRIDGE military and civilian training gaps



Credit Toward Licensure:

  • at least 18 states permit or require state licensing boards to accept military training and experience toward credentialing


Credit Toward Academic Degrees:

  • at least 14 states direct educational institutions to develop criteria to award veterans credit for prior military experience (many based on American Council on Education recommendations)
  • In Texas, in 2011 we established College Credit for Heroes


Help with Tuition

  • provide additional options to help veterans pay for higher education
  • tuition assistance
  • waive tuition at public institutions
  • in-state tuition rates
  • loan repayment options to commit to working in medically underserved areas









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