NSPE Endorses Veterans Licensure Legislation at Senate Committee’s Request

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

On February 4, at the request of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, NSPE President Robert Green, P.E., F.NSPE sent a letter of support endorsing the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014. Introduced by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), this legislation (S.1982) addresses the needs of the veterans’ community and responds to issues raised by veterans and their organizations in numerous hearings and private meetings. NSPE was specifically asked to address the professional license component of the legislation and commends S.1982 for acknowledging the need to protect the professional licenses of uniformed service members. NSPE strongly supports Section 802 of the legislation, which states that if a professional license issued by a state or local licensing authority to a service member would otherwise lapse during a period in which such service member is eligible for hostile fire or imminent danger special pay, the state licensing authority shall delay the expiration of the license at least 180 days. Moreover, NSPE endorses Section 802 of the legislation for applying the 180-day cushion to continuing education requirements.