Clinton, Miss. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1818, the Veterans EMT Support Act, by a vote of 415 to 1. The legislation assists military medic veterans to efficiently transition their military medical training into the civilian workforce and addresses the shortage of emergency medical technicians in states. Formed in 1975 and more than 55,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. “The bill’s passage is a direct result of advocacy efforts by thousands of EMS professionals and other supporters of military-to-civilian transition programs,” NAEMT President Conrad “Chuck” Kearns said. “We applaud all who contributed to the bill’s passage by visiting their representatives, by sending emails and letters requesting congressional support, or by walking the halls of our nation’s Capitol during EMS On The Hill Day on April 20. Our efforts provided the momentum to achieve today’s victory, and honors the bravery and sacrifice of our military veterans.” Learn more about NAEMT’s legislative priorities and EMS advocacy at naemt.org/advocacy. About NAEMT “The Veterans EMT Support Act is an important step forward to help veterans in their transition back to civilian life, while improving emergency care in our communities,” said Rep. Lois Capps. “These heroes have proven their skills on the battlefield. It is only right that we break down any artificial barriers that delay or prevent them from serving our communities here at home.” NAEMT is grateful to Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Lois Capps (D-CA) for their bipartisan introduction of the bill. They have remained committed to its passage and have been unwavering in their support. Rep. Kinzinger remarked, “I’m proud to see H.R. 1818 pass the House with such strong bipartisan support. The Veteran EMT Support Act is a common sense bill that helps veterans transition into civilian careers, improve public health, and ensure communities have first responders to answer challenging emergency calls like opioid overdoses. Thank you to Congresswoman Lois Capps for her strong support and advocacy of this bill. I look forward to the Senate taking up this important legislation and the several others that were passed this week to help combat the thousands of opioid overdose deaths each year.” This has been a key legislative priority of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), as well as other national and state EMS organizations. H.R. 1818 directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a demonstration program for states with a shortage of emergency medical technicians to develop a streamlined transition program for trained military medics to meet state EMT licensure requirements.
First half brace by Mawuli Tuglo aided Dansoman-based Liberty Professionals to chalk a 2-0 victory over Sekondi Hasaacas in their Week 13 Glo Premier League encounter at the Ohene Djan sports stadium, Accra on Wednesday.The indifferent and lackluster display by the Hasaacas’ lads from the opening minutes to the end became a true reflection of their place among the bottom-placed clubs, allowing Liberty the better of the exchanges from the onset.On the fourth minute mark, Tuglo finished off a solo move after beating an offside trap set by the Hasaacas defence before slotting past goalkeeper Wilson Yeboah for the opener.Four minutes on, the slippery attacker authenticated his side’s lead with a close range effort following a Saliu Muntari blunder.The visitors fought on and were gifted with a fine opportunity to reduce the deficit, but Charles Nartey’s goal bound shot ricocheted of the crossbar with the rebound from Joseph Bissah going wide.The visitors resumed the second half strongly but failed to convert their dominance in ball possession into goals. Veteran striker Joseph Agyemang of Asante Kotoko and King Faisal fame was unlucky to see his shot across the goal-line on 77 minutes miss target narrowly, in what was the closest the “Do the Do” lads came at reducing the deficit.Seven minutes from time, Hasaacas goalie Yeboah scored full marks by stopping Latif Salifu’s shot with his feet after a one-two display with Tuglo.The result means the Sekondi-based club’s trip to Accra yielded no points, after Hearts of Oak beat them by a lone goal last Sunday.Source: GNA