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Program To Give Veterans Driver’s Licenses Is Struggling

A program designed to assist veterans in getting their commercial driver's license in Indiana is having little success.

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An Indiana veteran program is having little success

Few people have taken advantage of an initiative created at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in 2012 that aims to providing a shortcut for veterans to obtain their commercial drivers license.

Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, says the legislature needs to find out how it can help. He says it could be as simple as better marketing efforts.

“Doing something is obviously better than doing nothing,” Moseley said.  “We’re not getting anywhere just sitting back and hoping that people kind of have an epiphany someday and say, ‘Hey, I wonder if I can get this done.’”

Moseley says the solution might not require legislative action but that the General Assembly should provide extra resources to the BMV if necessary to generate better participation in the program.

But an effort to help recently-returned military veterans obtain their emergency medical technician licenses is achieving significant success in its first few months.

One such effort was legislation that allows combat paramedics and emergency medical technicians to skip costly and unnecessary retraining once they return from service. They only have to pass the state’s license exam.

Since the bill became law just four months ago, more than 50 veterans have applied, with an exam passage rate of about 90 percent.

Veteran unemployment in Indiana is more the double the state’s average unemployment rate.

The initiatives are part of the executive and legislative branches’ efforts to bring that number down by targeting employment opportunities for recently-returned vets.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • ganger

    nothing new indiana has never helped veterans in my opinion i lived there most my life and am a veteran little did indiana do for me . i moved to a state that did and so be it farewell indiana veterans.

  • ganger

    where did my post go.

  • ganger

    as i said im a veteran lived in indiana most my life felt indiana could care less , moved to a state that did ,in indiana .got little help . as i felt that it was the norm . but my best wishes go to indiana vets . and to those who gave all my you never be forgotten.

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