New initiatives designed to help returning military veterans land employment have many influential advocates. One is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is pushing for a few to bring down the high veteran unemployment rate.
The first would assist veterans interested in becoming emergency medical technicians. It would apply to veterans who have military training and experience in that field and seek to become certified in New Jersey.
Another proposal would extend the validity of occupational licenses veterans hold while they are away serving their country. New Jersey law already keeps such licenses in place when members of the military are on active duty and for 120 days after they leave the armed forces. Christie wants to extend it to one full year after leaving the military.
Christie also wants state colleges and universities to give veterans academic credits for military experience and training.
“This training has value. We don’t value it enough, and I think we should,” he said.