COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich has ordered veterans' military skills and service be taken into account for civilian job licenses and college credits.
The order signed Tuesday requires state boards and commissions to consider military training when licensing and certifying veterans for civilian jobs. Kasich also is requiring that Ohio's Board of Regents work with the state's university system to find ways of awarding more college credit for military training and education.
"We have to have a pretty good focus on veterans because they're here, they're trained, they're leaders and they're ready to work," Kasich said.
Kasich's order also requires state commissions and boards along with the regents and universities to identify any state and federal barriers that might hurt veterans' efforts to get job licenses and college credits.
"Driving a truck in Afghanistan, when you come back to America you should be certified to drive a truck," Kasich said.
The order notes the annual unemployment rate among Ohio's nearly 900,000 veterans was 7.6 percent last year.
Kasich also told reporters that one of the biggest challenges to creating jobs in Ohio is selling the state.
"We have to convince people that if you come here you're going to want to stay here," he said.
He said the state's efforts to retrain workers that have been laid off continues to make progress. He says the key is to make sure people find work as quickly as possible.
Gov. Kasich said it's good to have government programs to help people get back on their feet, but it's not something people should - and are - relying on.
"As it relates to cash assistance, as it relates to unemployment there are real incentives to get people trained and get them back to work," Kasich said.
He thinks it's one reason Medicaid expansion is hung up with some lawmakers.
"Their concern on Medicaid is the issue of are people getting on these programs and staying forever? The fact is they don't," he said.
Kasich said he'd be open to lawmakers putting his executive order into law, but didn't think it would be necessary.