MMAC provides career paths in civilian healthcare industry for newly-discharged medical veterans
At a special ceremony at the Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center in Norfolk, Governor Ralph Northam recently signed legislation making the Virginia Department of Veterans Services’ Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) Program permanent.
He also charged the program's team with hiring 300 qualified veterans, through the program, by the end of his administration.
“As a former Army doctor, I worked alongside military medics while treating soldiers injured during Desert Storm,” said Governor Northam. “Our medics and corpsmen have extensive training and valuable experience, but unfortunately, until Virginia took the lead in establishing the program
that recognizes this service, it was difficult for them to use these skills as they transitioned to the civilian work force. Over the past two years, working with our partner healthcare systems across the Commonwealth, the program has proven to be a great success. I am pleased to be signing this legislation,
making the program permanent.”
Established by the Virginia General Assembly as a pilot program in 2016, the program aims to provide a path to careers in the civilian healthcare industry for recently-discharged Army Medics, Navy and Coast Guard Corpsmen and Air Force Medical Technicians.
Governor Ralph Northam was in Norfolk recently to sign new legislation to help veterans, while surrounded by some of his supporters. Celebrating the moment, left to right, were: Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins, Virginia Senator Bill DeSteph (8th District), Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia Delegate Chris Stolle (83rd District) and John Newby, Virginia Commissioner of Department of Veterans Services.
"MMAC collaborates with major healthcare systems across the Commonwealth to provide employment for former medics, corpsmen, and technicians, allowing veterans to maintain their clinical skills, while obtaining the required civilian medical credentials," said Ofirah Yheskel, a publicist for the governor. "Since the program’s inception, 76 veterans have been hired in civilian healthcare and 43 of those veterans met the qualifications to practice specific advanced skills learned in the military."
The program was modeled after the Veterans Health Administration Intermediate Care Technician Pilot Program, which operated in 15 federal Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Virginia was the first state in the country to create a program of this nature, with other states now beginning to implement similar programs, said Yheskel.
The Virginia healthcare systems currently participating in the program are Bon Secours Virginia Healthcare, Carilion Clinic, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Inova Health System, Riverside Health System, Sentara Healthcare, Novant Health UVA Health System and the Virginia Department of