Podcast 12: Helping military medics transition to civilian life

With an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent in 2012 among military veterans, Michigan ranks 37th in employing those who have defended our country. The state also faces a deficit of 300 paramedics each year.

To address those two needs, Lansing Community College has created a program called Military Medic to Paramedic Program (MM2P) that helps transition military medics into civilian life by fast-tracking their path to EMS licensure.  It is the first program of its kind in the country, and the first class starts this fall.

For the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, the support for this program was unanimous. On this podcast, Ira Strumwasser, Ph.D, Executive Director and CEO of the BCBSM Foundation talks about the need for a program like this and why his board of directors was excited to make a matching grant to help launch this effort.

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2 Comments

  1. Maggie Bender says:

    My son-in-law is a vet who completed 3 tours of duty as a medic with the Marines, 2 tours in Iraq and the last one in Afghanistan, 16 years of service. He cannot find employment and was told none of his skills transfer to civilian life…. Really? None? What’s wrong with this picture?

    • David Lingholm says:

      Maggie,
      I think you son-in-law’s plight is why this program is long overdue. Hopefully it will be a huge success because the best way to honor the service of men and women like him is to make sure they have meaningful work when they get home.

      Thanks for sharing his story!

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