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Returning Veterans to help paramedic shortage

KARE-11, April 29, 2008
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is introducing federal legislation designed to relieve the shortage of emergency medical personnel, especially in rural areas. The legislation, called the "Veterans-to-Paramedics Transition Act," would accelerate and streamline the transition to civilian employment for returning veterans who already have emergency medical training, Klobuchar said. The legislation would provide federal grants for universities, colleges and technical schools to develop an appropriate curriculum to train these veterans and fast-track their eligibility for paramedic certification.