LANSING—The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to allow returning veterans to get credit for the skills and experience they acquired through military service for purposes of professional licensure in certain fields, said Sen. John Proos.
“These reforms recognize that military training is rigorous and tough and worthy of counting toward comparable jobs in the civilian workforce,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “It gives veterans the opportunity they have earned and protects public safety. For example, the bills help veterans become firefighters by waiving the examination requirement only for those who completed firefighting training that met national standards while serving in the armed forces.”
House Bills 4605, 4731, 4752, 4754 and 4756 would allow certain military training and experience of honorably discharged veterans to be counted for purposes of professional licensure as an emergency medical technician, firefighter, boiler operator and stationary engineer, mechanical contractor, and residential builder.
“This is about honoring America’s veterans by allowing them to use the training and experience they received in service to our country toward Michigan’s professional licensure requirements,” Proos said. “We owe our freedoms to the brave men and women in uniform who put their nation before themselves. With Veterans Day approaching, this is a common-sense way we can help these heroes find work when they return home.”
Proos said that he is hopeful the bills will be signed before Veterans Day.
“Veterans Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the end of the First World War as a time to honor the enormous sacrifice and selfless dedication of our veterans,” Proos said. “I look forward to taking part in tributes throughout Southwest Michigan to thank our veterans for their commitment to liberty. While the sacrifice made by them and their families is a debt we can never fully repay, these reforms are a real, meaningful way to express our appreciation.”
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”