Governor signs bill establishing program to help military medics transition into healthcare

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Monday that establishes the Virginia Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) Pilot Program in Virginia.

The program is the first of its kind in the nation and it will make it easier for military medics and corpsmen to transition into hospital healthcare after they leave the service.

“This program ensures the advanced medical training our men and women received in uniform is harnessed in successful post-service career tracks in Virginia’s health care industry,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Whether we are functionally ending veteran homelessness, expanding post-service medical treatment, or creating new career pathways, Virginia will continue to be on the forefront of veteran services for those who bravely served our country.”

The program is modeled after the Veterans Health Administration Intermediate Care Technician Pilot Program, which operated in 15 VA Medical Centers across the nation.

With the MMAC Program, Virginia is the first state in the nation to offer pathways to employment for highly skilled medical veterans to the Commonwealth’s healthcare fields.

The MMAC Program will be accepting applications from qualified service men and women by this fall. To learn more visit www.dvs.virginia.gov or call the MMAC Program Manager at 804-786-0571.

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