Veterans and civilians learned more about programs offered by a state agency.
Supervisor Victor Angry spoke at a Veterans Council meeting in Manassas on May 9.
Hosted by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, the discussion focused on the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS).
The organization seeks to link former service and family members to benefits and needed support, according to its website.
Angry, who serves on the Board of Veterans Services, explained that it functions under many departments.
DVS is organized into several divisions — Veterans Benefits; Veterans Education, Transition, and Employment; Virginia Veteran and Family Support; Veterans Care Centers; Veterans Cemeteries; and Virginia War Memorial.
The Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) is one program that falls under the Veterans Education, Transition, and Employment section.
MMAC helps veterans transition into career opportunities in the healthcare field.
“We were having issues with medics coming out of the military with all of that training — I mean, they’re basically doctors — but to be a[n] EMT, they had to go back through all of this basic stuff, that they could basically teach the course,” Angry said. “So, we finally recognized that, looked at it.”