Military Notebook: Veterans licensure law implemented

December 8, 2013 

A new Georgia law intended to make it easier for military members to enter the civilian workforce went into effect Friday.

The Veterans Licensure Bill approved in the last legislative session will allow transitioning military members to transfer certain military certifications to professional civilian licenses, according to a release from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.

Veterans can apply for a license transfer at the Georgia Secretary of State’s website and must do so within 180 days after discharge.

“With a large number of Georgia veterans returning to civilian life, we have the opportunity to make that transition a little bit smoother,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in the release. “I want to thank everyone for the work that has been done through the Veterans Licensure Bill and look forward to seeing the unmatched talents of our veterans recognized and connected with meaningful employment in the growing industries statewide.”

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office, the Georgia Board of Construction Industry, the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors, and the Georgia Department of Defense have designated specific military occupations that require the same skills for civilian licensure. Veterans who are approved will have fewer requirements for licensure based on their military skills.

The licenses include electrical contractor Class I, journeyman plumber, conditioned air contractor Class I, residential-light commercial contractor and utility foreman.

According to the release, Georgia has the fourth largest population of veterans nationwide and more than 60,000 military members are expected to return home to Georgia in the next three years.

Bone marrow program begins at Robins

The 78th Medical Group at Robins Air Force Base has become part of an effort to recruit bone marrow donors.

According to a base release, the unit recently became a recruitment site for the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Bone Marrow Donor Program, also known as the Salute to Life initiative.

Any military member or civilian employee can go to the facility and register to become a donor. 1st Lt. Melissa Campos, the unit’s Lab Flight commander and recruitment campaign coordinator, said registration takes less than five minutes. It consists of filling out a two-page consent form and a mouth swab.

Those who sign up will get a card and will remain on the registry until they reach the age of 60 or ask to be removed. The program is the first of its kind on an Air Force base in Georgia, the release stated.

Bone marrow transplants are used to treat diseases of the bone marrow, including certain types of cancer.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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