February 18, 2015

Cassidy Introduces Bill To Help Veterans Gain EMT Licenses

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. introduced the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2015 to help states streamline their certification requirements for veterans with military emergency medical technician (EMT) training who are looking to pursue a career as an EMT following their military service.  It will provide demonstration grants to states that work to simplify the EMT certification process for veterans. It will allow veterans to avoid duplicating their medical training.


Dr. Cassidy released the following statement:


“Veterans trained as emergency medical technicians in the service should not have to repeat the training that they’ve already had. It is better for them and for their community if their expertise is used as quickly as possible. This is about jobs, easing transition to civilian life and providing emergency services to fellow Americans.”


Original legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Adam Kinzinger. It passed the House in September, 2012 and February, 2013 with bipartisan support.


Rep. Kinzinger offered the following statement:


“I appreciate Senator Cassidy introducing the companion legislation to the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act. I look forward to working with him to send this bipartisan, common sense solution to the President’s desk so that veteran medics and EMTs are able to continue to protect our communities.”


Dr. Cassidy is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.