State Representative James Armes III, D-Leesville, Chairman of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs announced that Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a bill into law, which will provide opportunities for military medical personnel.

State Representative James Armes III, D-Leesville, Chairman of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs announced that Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a bill into law, which will provide opportunities for military medical personnel.

Edwards signed House Bill 185 into law, making his legislation Act 1 of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session. It establishes the Louisiana Military Medics and Corpsmen Pilot program.

The pilot program will allow for military medical personnel to practice and perform certain healthcare services under the supervision of a physician or podiatrist who holds an active, unrestricted license in Louisiana. Activities will reflect the level of training and experience of the military medical personnel.

"I brought this bill to help the men and women who both served our country in the military and who are trained medical professionals," Armes said. "Im proud the legislature passed this important piece of legislation. House Bill 185 will directly benefit those veterans."

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with each state agency or professional or occupational licensing board or commission that regulates the practice of a healthcare profession, will establish this pilot program.

"As I've said again and again, I will work hard and always strive to do what is right and fair for our military, the people of my district, and Fort Polk. And I know I can count on the support of the legislature to help with any military-related issues," Armes said.