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Wed., June 29, 2011, 2:53 p.m.

Gregoire: State licensing rules must shift to recognize vets’ military training

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said when military veterans return home from deployment, "The transition has got to be seamless." She shared "a little issue that my state has come upon:" That returning vets may have learned valuable occupational skills, "but for whatever reason we've set up licensing criteria that for whatever reason is just a little off." Instead of adjusting, she said, "We say, 'No, you're not qualified, you have to go and get the credentials.' It seems minor, but it actually is quite a significant issue." She said Washington state has been "breaking down the bureaucratic barriers inside state government to recognize that it ain't the training we may give, but it is equal to or better than the training we may give."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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