On May 31, 2012, Governor Patrick signed into law an Act relative to Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Resources – the VALOR Act.
Under the new law, the following provisions relating to health professions licensure are now in effect:
- Each of the DHPL Boards of Registration will accept relevant education, training, and service completed by a license applicant as a member of the armed forces or the military reserves toward the qualifications required for licensure. (G.L. c. 112, § 1B(b).)
- The license of a member of the armed forces who is on active duty will remain valid until he or she is released from active duty, and for 90 days thereafter. (G.L. c. 112, § 1B(c).
- DHPL will expedite the licensure process for military spouses who are licensed in other states and have left employment there to accompany a spouse relocated to the Commonwealth due to a military transfer. (G.L. c. 112, § 1B(d).)
Active Military, Military Spouses, and Veterans must identify themselves as such in order to obtain these benefits.
Please see the applicable statutory definitions beginning on the pages that follow. For more information, please contact Vita Berg at (617) 973-0821.
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