EMS 10 Innovator awardee Phil Callahan came up with a unique program that transitions returning US veterans to civilian EMS jobs as EMTs and paramedics using a specialized resilient educational program that manages the unique challenges the veterans are facing. The program doesn’t pathologize the educational problems of the veterans (doesn’t treat them as ill), it takes a straight educational approach to helping them overcome their issues with education.
The program has been wildly successful. The graduation rate of the students in the program went up considerably after the program was developed and now the veteran students are being retained at a higher rate than the other civilian students. This program and others like it are important parts of improving the lives of our returning veterans while providing highly trained and motivated paramedics to the work force here at home.
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