I have no personal experience with this, but am professionally interested. This issue is particularly difficult because states derive large pieces of their budgets from state license, certification, and testing fees. To what extent have states sought to balance this with the fact that military spouses move so frequently? Could military-heavy states pursue time-limited reciprocity for licenses/certifications that would ...more »
As a spouse of a retired veteran I would like to let people know that spouses serve. We contribute to the family income, we ensure maintenance is done on the home, and that our children's needs are met. It is inconvenient at best for a family to move miles from their family and childhood friends who provide support during difficult times, and at worst it is demoralizing. Military spouses do it because we are proud ...more »
For veterinarians, most states require several things to issue a license. Proof of graduation from an accredited veterinary school (or passing the ECFVG exam for foreign graduates), submitted proof of passing the national board exam (NAVLE), letters of good standing from all previous states in which the vet has been licensed, paying a variety of fees, and usually passing a state board exam for the new state. So much of ...more »
I believe that every position held while on active duty directly correlates to its civilian counter parts. The military needs to take an active role in ensuring that a line of credentials are established for every known position titles. These credentials must be convertible and acceptable in all work environments.
1. Have the basic support for their families as soon as they start a civilian lifestyle. Housing to support the family that is transitioning, at least 6 months, guidance support during training for jobs. 2. Allowing the Federal, state, and local agencies to consider skills adquired while in duty. 3. Resources to connect with local agencies, but most important to be able to have a Veteran representatives whom understand ...more »
I'd like to see licensing requirements be treated like driver's license/taxes (per MSRRA) currently are for military spouses and allow professionals to work in any state utilizing their state of legal residence licensing. Then teachers, nurses, physicians, lawyers, etc, could begin employment immediately in any state, as long as they remained in good standing and completed whatever requirements/payments/cont'd education ...more »
What you shouldn't do is put it in the hands of a State agency, for some reason they step outside the "spirit" of what the program is geared towards and find ways to make it benefit themselves or waste the funding all together.
Although a veterans "preference" rule already is codified in DoD policies, in practice it does not really work out that way. Veteran small business, especially Disabled Veteran small businesses, should be specifically targeted for a larger percentage of contracts being offered by the DoD and other federal agencies with an improved and simplified notification process. . Currently, I know because I am a registered disabled ...more »
We all agree that many veterans acquire multiple marketable skills that will translate into the civilian workforce. The military to civilian skills translators is a good start so the transitioning veteran will have some idea of what kind of job they can apply for once they transition. What is the military did the heavy lifting? I know that transitioning units assist in identifying the translatable workforce skill set. ...more »
As a previous US Army Recruiter, I learned of the US Army Partnership for Youth Success program (PaYS). Now, working at VA, we are reaching out to those with healthcare occupations transiting to build a bridge to work at VA. An example is Waste Management and Trucking Companies, until recently, Truck Drivers would exit the military without a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). I learned to drive a 44 Passenger Bus in 1987 ...more »
Veterans who are receiving a discharge from the military due to his disability are doomed into harsh financial burden with their families. Current legislation regulates that if a veteran is discharged due to an injury will not be compensated right away for his or her disabilities. It is a process that could take in some cases at least a year or two to receive the full disability rating and the compensation through the ...more »
Potentially there could be a nationally recognized certification verification organization or agency created. For example, students are now able to take free online accredited classes. The course database notifies the student if that course is accredited for their needs (state, NCAA eligibility, college requirement, etc.) In much the same way, an individual with a certification could join the national online organization ...more »