Unemployment and underemployment have hit veterans particularly hard during the pandemic, and this is especially true for enlisted members that served in the medical field. About half of former medics and hospital corpsmen who want to work in the civilian healthcare profession cannot find jobs in the industry. This May, the Call of Duty Endowment is excited to recognize Military Appreciation Month by launching the #CODEMedicalHeroes campaign to raise $3 million to place veterans into jobs and honor military medics and hospital corpsmen. The campaign will occur through a combination of in-game activations, partnerships, and a compelling content pack, all to highlight the great potential and value former medics and hospital corpsmen bring to our communities after their uniformed service.
Dan Goldenberg, the Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment and SFC Tim Hobbs Jr., discuss the challenges facing transitioning Veteran Medics who want to stay in the Healthcare field.
As the U.S. population ages there will be a greater demand for healthcare services, including age-related health emergencies. This creates an increased demand for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Although veteran corpsmen and medics have all the skills and experience necessary to succeed as EMTs, inconsistent state-level accreditation barriers keep qualified candidates from these positions. For veterans to be certified as EMTs, they are often required to retake months of basic coursework or compile additional civilian practical experience after returning home from their service. Instead of repeating what they’ve already done while in military service, (for which U.S. taxpayers have paid more than $100,000 per veteran), every basically trained military medic or hospital corpsman should be able to test as an EMT in every state. Additionally, as a result of their military education and experience, many can rapidly qualify at higher levels for certifications as paramedics or certified nursing assistants. Through the #CODEMedicalHeroes campaign, the Endowment wants to highlight the immensely qualified veterans who right now have the skills necessary to fill these positions.
Throughout May, #CODEMedicalHeroes will honor these medical servicemembers in a number of ways:
SFC Tim Hobbs Jr., discusses his experience working with the Call of Duty Battle Doc Pack developers at Treyarch, and how he brought the authentic medic operator to life, in-game.
On the Endowment’s social media channels, you will also hear first-hand from highly qualified and experienced veteran medics and hospital corpsmen who have faced these unfair and wasteful employment barriers. Each week, a new story from a veteran that the Call of Duty Endowment has placed into a high-quality job will be featured across our social media channels.
By bringing attention to the barriers that veteran medics and hospital corpsmen face, the Endowment hopes to solve an important piece of the larger veteran employment and underemployment puzzle, especially at a time where our state and national leaders are calling for “armies of new medical workers.” As we emerge from the global pandemic and rebuild our workforce, the Call of Duty Endowment is dedicated to our mission of helping veterans find high-quality jobs as well as showcasing the value that veterans bring to our society.