CHICAGO - Illinois continues to do its part to help service members re-enter civilian life.
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL) announced Monday its participating in the Veterans Licensing and Certification Demonstration Policy Academy. It'll help create clear pathways for veterans to obtain state-level credentials for certain law enforcement and health care careers.
"The thousands of heroic men and women are returning to civilian life have admirably served our nation" Quinn said. "Now, it's our turn to serve them."
The academy was formed by the National Governors Association. The NGA selected Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin to participate in the academy.
The Illinois Policy Academy will work to set up "Veteran Bridge Programs" for military medics to earn Licensed Practical Nurse and Emergency Medical Technician licenses and for military police to join civilian police forces.