Obama Rolls Out New Job Plan for Veterans
Initiatives call on 8,000 veterans to be hired in 3 years
To help fix unemployment rates among veterans, President Barack Obama releases a plan consisting of two initiatives: Community health centers should hire 8,000 veterans within the next three years and military medics will receive academic credit for their service to become physician assistants.
The Obama Administration challenges health centers throughout the country to hire 8,000 veterans—one veteran per health center site—within the next three years. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be required to ask centers to report the number of veterans they employ. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, Defense and Veterans Affairs will help notify veterans of job openings.
The White House says military medics will no longer have to struggle as they transition into the work force. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) pledges to give priority in physician assistant grants awards to colleges and universities that help train veterans as physician assistants.
The White House will also identify model programs that will help expedite military medics into the position of physician assistant. Beginning Veterans Days, HRSA will provide technical assistance to more than 21 institutions that already have veteran programs. Those institutions will share practices and strategies to help the administration reach to 159 accredited physician assistant programs.
In 2012, the Obama Administration says nurse training programs that serve veterans will be given priority when awarding grants.