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Army veteran fights for EMT qualification after 10 years as medic

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Dan Miller is a Saginaw native who served in the military for more than 10 years.

For most of his service, he was in a special unit as a medivac, with a simple mission: leave no U.S. soldier behind.

After leaving the military, Miller had one goal, to get a job as an EMT.

"It’s kind of a slap in the face, knowing everything I had done in the military for a decade was essentially meaningless," Miller said.

Miller said the State of Michigan would not give him a certification for what he had done in the military for the past decade.

"It's just kind of like, wow. It's the one thing I thought I could always count on, all this experience behind me, getting a job, and nothing," Miller said.

He couldn’t believe he had to prove to the stat he was qualified.

"As a medic, it doesn't matter what level of medic you are in the Army, all they give you is EMT basic certification,” Miller said.

That certification, Miller said, is sanctioned by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Even though in Michigan, the test to become an EMT is given by the NR-EMT, Miller said he still wasn't automatically certified.

"That's what was really frustrating,” Miller said. “You use national registry standards for testing, but when I come with national registry approval already, you don't accept it?"

After months of gathering documents from the military in order to prove his qualifications, Miller finally got certified with the state.

He now hopes to land a job doing the very thing he risked his life for in the Army, helping others.

"I would love to get back on an ambulance,” Miller said. “I would love to go back to helping people. I would love to go back to helping the community that is my soul and my drive."

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