Herzing University joined with local healthcare institutions, veteran-focused organizations, and statewide stakeholders to applaud Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday, March 8, as he signed legislation that would provide a pathway for military medical personnel to use their medical skills and training at community-based residential facilities, residential care apartment complexes, and inpatient and outpatient healthcare facilities.
Assembly Bill 720, which received bipartisan support, provides $100,000 over the biennium for the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to develop a program to make military training and credentials creditable and transferrable to civilian job credentials.
Herzing has long supported veterans and was proud to work closely with Heroes for Healthcare and a variety of community and healthcare organizations to support the passage of this bill.
“This bill provides our transitioning Military Medics and Corpsman with a temporary waiver of state licensure and allows them to find employment at a level that represents their military training. Military Medics and Corpsman, while participating in this program, are required to be actively enrolled in educational programming that leads to state licensure,” said Jarvis Racine, Herzing’s Vice President of Government Affairs.
Assembly Bill 720, now 2021 Wisconsin Act 158, provides a pathway for military medical personnel to temporarily practice, utilizing their military medical skills and training, at community-based residential facilities, residential care apartment complexes, and inpatient and outpatient healthcare facilities without having to first obtain a license.
“Our service members and their families give so much in service to our country, and they exemplify some of the best of what Wisconsin has to offer, tackling each task with the same sort of grit, resilience, and determination as they do in their military service,” said Gov. Evers., continuing to say that the signing of the legislation would “help our service members and their families secure education and employment opportunities so they can continue to grow and succeed.”