AUGUSTA, Maine — The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation has made it easier for veterans with relevant military experience to obtain occupational licenses, according to a press release issued on Veterans Day.
The new law, which took effect Oct. 9, allows the department greater flexibility in evaluating and crediting military experience toward licenses and continuing education requirements, the release said. It also should assist veterans and spouses by permitting them to acquire a license by endorsement if they hold a comparable license in another state for the remainder of the term of that license or until a license is obtained in Maine.
“The people of Maine are tremendously grateful to those who have served,” Gov. Paul LePage said in the release. “We have a responsibility to recognize their knowledge and skills, and to assist them in obtaining the credentials needed for job opportunities. Veterans have much to offer businesses and organizations throughout Maine, and our economy needs their contributions.”
In addition to more flexibility, the laws signed in 2012 and earlier this year have led to a concerted outreach effort by the department, according to the release. Staff members have been participating in job fairs for veterans and attending meetings of organizations that serve military members, veterans and their families.
For more information, call Catherine Carroll at 624-8605 or visit the department’s website at www.maine.gov/pfr.