Sen. Klobuchar visits Northland, talks jobs for veterans

photo by Serianna Henkel Senator Amy Klobuchar (right) stands with local veteran and current Grand Forks policeman and paramedic at Northland Community and Technical College as the pair discuss the Veterans to Paramedics Transition Act this past Tuesday.

photo by Serianna Henkel Senator Amy Klobuchar (right) stands with local veteran and current Grand Forks policeman and paramedic at Northland Community and Technical College as the pair discuss the Veterans to Paramedics Transition Act this past Tuesday.

 

A bill aimed to create more job opportunities for military veterans recently passed in legislature, and  local leaders are ready to get the ball rolling on reform.

Tuesday, Senator Amy Klobuchar visited Northland Community and Technical College to discuss the  Veterans to Paramedics Transition Act, legislation that aims to streamline medical education for veterans with previous training in the field.

The Veterans to Paramedics Transition Act has two primary goals: to fast-track paramedic training for experienced veterans—  making it easier for them to secure jobs by giving them college credit for previous medical training rather than having them start from scratch— and to reduce a nationwide shortage of emergency medical personnel in rural areas.

“Our nation has invested in developing soldiers’ skills and when they come back, we want to make good on that investment,” said Klobuchar, noting a higher rate of unemployment among veterans versus non-veterans. “We want to make good on that investment for our country, but we also want to make good on that investment for them.”

Complete coverage of Senator Klobuchar’s talk can be seen in the August 17 edition of The Exponent.

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