THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
Virtually everyone agrees on the need to help military medics get jobs in EMS once they return home. Yet there are hurdles to clear.
By Jenifer Goodwin, associate editor
As a Navy corpsman assigned to a Marine Corps battalion from 2004 to 2008, Brandon VanWagoner did two tours of duty in Iraq. On missions in and around Fallujah, he treated gunshot wounds, blast injuries from improvised explosive devices and other traumas. And as part of a U.S. military medical team that provided humanitarian care to Iraqi civilians, he treated everything from broken bones to burns, in addition to helping care for Marines’ everyday illnesses.
Yet when he returned to civilian life, VanWagoner found his military medic credentials weren’t much help in finding a job. He applied for jobs as an EMT, an ER tech and a nurse’s aide, but he couldn’t get hired.
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