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Virginia offers new credentialing for veterans

The Virginia Department of Health Professions has launched a new Military Credentialing Assistance website, a new online resource designed to help active duty service members, veterans and their spouses obtain information about licensure and credentialing requirements while in uniform and as they transition to Virginia’s civilian health care workforce.

“This website is another step towards supporting those serving in our military by providing them with important resources,” Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) said in announcing the new webstie.

The new website provides a list of professions regulated by the Department of Health Professions, along with a reference of the statutory and regulatory requirements for initial licensure and relevant statues for deployed active duty military personnel and their spouses. The website is at www.dhp.virginia.gov/About/MilitaryCredentialing.htm.

Kaine announces committee assigments

Sen.-elect Tim Kaine (D) announced his committee assignments this week. He will serve on the Armed Services, Foreign Relations and Budget committees.

“I am excited to tackle these meaningful committee assignments,” Kaine said in a released statement.

He said it is important for Virginia to have a voice on the Armed Services Committee due to the large military presence in the state, and cited his experience as governor as being an asset on the Budget Committee.

County seeking volunteers for tax assitance program

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services is working to create a coalition of public agencies, businesses, libraries, faith and community-based groups to operate a tax assistance program at sites throughout Northern Virginia in January through April.

Volunteers are needed for three to six hours per week during tax season to prepare tax returns, serve as greeters, offer IT support, and provide translation assistance.

Free training is provided and required for TaxWise and Tax Law software. You will be certified as a tax preparer by the IRS upon successful completion.

To volunteer or for more information, go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/news/vita.htm.

Griffin joins airports board

Former Fairfax County Executive Anthony Griffin has joined the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors. He retired from Fairfax County in April after 23 years, including 13 years as county executive.

Griffin now is a faculty member at George Mason University’s Department of International Affairs and also serves on the board of Fairfax Water, the county’s water utility.

Griffin is the latest in a slate of new appointees to the airports board, which has been under heightened public scrutiny during the past year due to ethics scandals.