Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Military Skills Should Be Transferable,
Commander Tells North Country

Ken Governor
The American Legion is advocating for the state to recognize military experience in specialized skills so it would be easier for trained veterans to receive state professional and vocational licenses, New York State American Legion Commander Ken Governor said on his swing through the North County making county visitations.

“They’ve learned skills while on active duty," he told the Glens Falls Post Star Sept. 23. "We feel those skills should be transferable to the private sector.”

The American Legion also is advocating to make state certifications and professional licenses for spouses of military personnel transferable to other states when families relocate because of a military transfer, he said.

Governor visited American Legion Post 233 in Glens Falls, as part of a statewide tour to discuss legislative and government issues, along with New York Auxiliary President Barbara Corker and Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander John P. Chang.

Governor struck a similar tone in St. Lawrence County while visiting Lisbon American Legion Post on Sept. 20, where he told the Ogdensburg Journal:

“If you are trained in heavy equipment and have experience doing that in war zones you are more than qualified to do that in the States. Soldiers should not have to retrain and apply for more licenses, which further delays employment.”