The National Governor's Association Virginia Veterans' Licensing and Certification Working Group is on track to help veterans transition into “bridge programs” at two- and four-year colleges. Dr. Bruce Brunson, Executive Director for the Center for Military and Veterans Education at Tidewater Community College, says they still need to take care of themselves and their families during the interim.
If they pursue a medical profession degree, they could get certified as an EMT within a few weeks. The group is also studying options for Physical Therapist Assistants and Licensed Practical Nurses. Brunson also says some veterans are more than qualified to perform job duties, but the employer requires a degree—so it would be helpful if employers relaxed some of those requirements. He also recommends that more employers pitch in for veterans’ job-training courses.