Healthcare Career Opportunities for Military Veterans

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a federal education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty a minimum of 90 days after Sept. 10, 2001. Public Law 11-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept 10, 2001. For more information, call (888) 442-4551 or visit the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov. 

If you are an eligible service member, veteran, or veteran’s dependent planning to use the GI Bill, you are a consumer about to make one of the most important decisions of your life. Where you begin your post-secondary education is critical. Education is your investment into the future. You

owe it to yourself to thoroughly consider your needs before choosing a career, school or program.

Making informed decisions about how to use your benefits and how they can best meet your needs requires diligent research on your part.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) maintains a database of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs. Accreditation is a recognized credential for schools and some programs. As stated by ED, the goal of accreditation is to ensure the education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.

Another helpful way to discover the respectability of a degree is to check the national ranking of the school and the program you’re considering.

Opportunities in Healthcare for Military Veterans

Military healthcare workers are known for an outstanding service when it comes to treating patients and using technology. This knowledge and experience awards them with a bright and varied career prospects once they leave the military.

Valued Backgrounds

In the healthcare job market the armed forces are viewed as a font of high-quality talent. Military healthcare providers are in demand, says Ted Daywalt, president of VetJobs in Marietta, Georgia. "Their work environment is much more hostile and demanding than at a US civilian hospital," he says, so they're able to hit the ground running after military retirement.

Healthcare organizations readily recognize the value of candidates' military backgrounds. "Employers don't question the ability of military people to deal with high-stress environments," says John Harol, a partner at Lighthouse Recruiting in Avon, Connecticut. Harol, a staff sergeant in the Massachusetts Air National Guard, was on active duty for eight months in Iraq, where he set up satellite communications for a hospital.

Military medical personnel have also seen it all when it comes to patient care. "In the Navy, I saw thousands of patients," says Michael Wood, a military optometrist who retired in 1992 after 20 years to open a private optometry practice in Greenville, South Carolina. "You actually get stranger eye diseases in the Navy -- more difficult than anything you would encounter in a civilian practice."

Translating Healthcare Skills

When making the transition to the civilian workforce, military medical workers face many of the same challenges other armed services professionals do. However, "military healthcare workers have an easier transition into civilian life than do other servicemen and women," Harol says.

Why is that? "Federal standards and patient load are the same in the military as in civilian life," Daywalt explains.

Also, medical jargon stays the same, as do most of the procedures and protocols defining the healthcare professions. "Only job titles and the names for policies and procedures are different," Harol notes.

As all retiring service members must do, healthcare workers need to mind their languagein resumes and cover letters, as well as in face-to-face interviews, which they should drill for. For example, a serviceman retiring as a Laboratory NCOIC (Noncommissioned Officer in Charge) would be known as a blood-bank supervisor in civilian healthcare. The Transition Assistance Program , available to all armed forces members, can help soldiers, sailors and Marines overcome this language barrier.

Wide Range of Opportunities

Although many former military healthcare workers make the transition to civilian hospitals, there are other choices. "In optometry, you can go into commercial, private or institutional practice or research," Wood says. "Retiring from the military, you're prepared for any of those areas." Veterans who are medical professionals find employment in settings ranging from stand-alone clinics to doctors' offices, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and private or public research laboratories.

There are also variedhealthcare career opportunities at the Veterans Health Administration. Jobs are available at VA hospitals and other veterans healthcare facilities across the country. Current openings include those for physical therapists, pharmacists, radiologic technologists, social workers, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists and medical technologists.

Another option for veterans is to work for a military healthcare institution, such as an Army hospital. Caring for active-duty service people adds a layer of meaning for ex-military medical workers. And these jobs come with the often-generous benefits of government employment. Source

Veteran Approved Medical Assistant Programs

There are many Veterans approved schools in all corners of USA giving America's service members, veterans and their families a new direction in life through education and career training.

Medical Institute of Palm Beach Inc. is a veterans' training approved school offering day and evening classes for Medical Assistant Program. Bilingual instruction is also available. Contact Us to get details about Medical Assistant and other healthcare allied programs available.