Program Focuses on Recruiting Veterans to Health Care Careers in Florida

JUNE 9, 2015 TALLAHASSEE—Florida has the country’s third-largest population of military veterans and is proud to be a veteran-friendly state. The Florida Department of Health has programs in place to aid veterans in finding employment in health-related fields after they return home.

“Men and women who have served our country in uniform have values and skills that make them model employees,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “We are following through on the commitment of Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislature by recruiting veterans to the Sunshine State.”

The department offers expedited health care practitioner licensure through the Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response (VALOR) system. Since its inception in July 2014, nearly 100 veterans have been licensed through the VALOR system. Most of those were processed in less than a week ensuring the same high quality standards were upheld. The department also offers licensure fee waivers for military veterans and their spouses applying for health care licensure in Florida. Nearly 900 veterans and more than 200 military spouses have been licensed with military fee waivers since July 2013.

To learn more about armed forces health care licensing in Florida, please visit the DOH website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/armed-forces/index.html

Source: Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs | Connecting veterans to federal and state benefits they have earned.

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