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New Bill Looks to Help Vets Transition into Civilian World

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DOVER, Del.- It's no secret that after serving their country, many military veterans have a hard time finding jobs. Governor Jack Markell signed legislation Monday aimed at helping military vets obtain work permits and licenses based on the experience and skills they obtained while serving.

Deshawn Jenkins of Magnolia spent nine years serving our country as an air force medic. During his time in the military he says he learned a lot of invaluable skills.

"That's one thing the military is really good at training you. A lot of hands on," said Jenkins. "You do a lot of textbook or dyadic training but a lot of it was hands on."

After nine years and countless skills he picked up on the way, he couldn't believe that all of his training wasn't worth anything after he left the service.

"To come back and to say well you don't have this, you can't do this, when that's been my whole career doing, it was kind of a slap in the face," said Jenkins.

This is the problem many vets face when trying to find a civilian job. Although the bill signed by Governor Markell is too late for Jenkins, it will be able to help those following behind him.

"If they've already gotten great training in on field or another they ought to get credit for that," said Governor Markell. "The licensing systems in different states ought to recognize that training so it would make it even more possible for them to get jobs back in the civilian world."

Markell hopes this bill will help with the process.

 

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