By JEFF AMY
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bryant wants to make it easier for veterans to get jobs when they leave the military and for the spouses of military members to get jobs when they transfer to Mississippi.
Bryant signed a proclamation Wednesday declaring 2013 the Year to Hire Mississippi Heroes.
As part of that effort, the Republican governor is backing a bill that would order licensing agencies to translate military job training to civilian credentials. For example, the state Health Department would be told to examine how much of a military medic's training should transfer for an emergency medical technician's license.
Bryant also supports efforts to give temporary professional licenses to spouses of service members transferred to Mississippi.
State officials also plan to steer veterans to employers who sign pledges to hire them.
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