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DHMH : Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013

Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013
 
On April 17, 2013, Governor Martin O'Malley signed the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/Chapters_noln/CH_155_hb0225e.pdf). The new law facilitates expedited licensing and certification for active military personnel, veterans, and their spouses for certain professional licenses and certifications. 

Who does this legislation apply to?
A person who holds a valid license in good standing in another state and:
  1. has recently received an honorable or otherwise was released (except for a dishonorable discharge) from the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard) or on active duty as a member of a reserve or national guard component of these services;
     
  2. is a member of the United States Armed Forces who is assigned to a duty station located in Maryland;
     
  3. is a spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces who is assigned to a duty station located in Maryland;
     
  4. is a spouse of a recently discharged veteran or member of the United States Armed Forces, or surviving spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces.
What does it do?
It helps facilitate the process for qualified veteran and military spouses who are actively licensed in other states to obtain certain licenses in Maryland.
 
When to apply?
Veterans
A veteran must apply for a license within one year of the date the individual was discharged or separated from active military service. 
 
Current service members
Current service members may apply when assigned to a duty station located in the State.
 
Military Spouses
A military spouse may apply when the person's spouse is assigned to a duty station located in the State. 
 
Surviving Military Spouses
A surviving spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces must apply for a license within one year of the date the service member died.
A surviving spouse of a veteran of the United States Armed Forces must apply within one year of the date the veteran received an honorable discharge or was otherwise separated from service in Armed Forces of the United States.
 
For information about or to contact specific Health Occupation Licensing Boards, visit http://dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/proflicm.aspx