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February 1, 2013
Legislature gets another chance to make military service count

A California legislator is giving it the old college try a second time on a bill designed to make it much easier for medics and others with medical training in the military to get health care jobs in civilian life.

This week, Assemblyman Dan Logue introduced Assembly Bill 213, which would require state health licensing boards to create policies recognizing the education, training and practical experience of veterans. The measure would also require the boards to work with colleges to make sure vets don't have to retake classes they took in the military and can quickly complete course requirements.

I wrote about this issue last year, about all the hurdles that veterans have to jump through to become nurses and other health care providers.

Logue and other supporters say smoothing the transition would be a two-fer: Unemployed veterans would find jobs, and rural counties that need more primary care, especially with health reform, would get more bodies.

"Many rural areas of California have a large population of veterans, and the object of this bill is to fast track those who already have medical training from the military into civilian health care jobs," Logue, a Marysville Republican, said in a statement.

Assemblyman Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat, is the bill's principal co-author.

A very similar measure stalled in the Legislature last session. Legislators approved and Gov. Jerry Brown signed other laws designed to help veterans, but not this one.

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