Military EMTs are battling against red tape in order to land jobs when they come home.

Seven states and Washington, D.C., don’t recognize the military’s EMT certification for civilian EMT positions. That means that veteran EMTs have to go through costly, time-consuming training in order to become civilian EMTs.

The unemployment rate for post-Sept. 11 veterans is 7.9 percent, compared to the national average of 6.7 percent.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), a veteran and current member of the Air National Guard, wants to change that. His legislation, H.R. 235, would streamline the certification process for military EMTs in order to reduce veteran unemployment.

H.R. 235 passed the House, but has yet to go through the Senate.

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