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Military-Friendly Policies Advance in South Carolina Legislature

  • May 13, 2013
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Three measures intended to improve quality of life for service members, their families and veterans appear headed for passage in the South Carolina Legislature, the latest effort by Palmetto State lawmakers to support the military. The state has paid close attention to a list of 10 military-friendly policies the Pentagon is encouraging states to adopt. The policies cover issues such as the portability of professional licenses for military spouses, easing the way for personnel to receive licensing and academic credit for military training and experience, and increasing access to child care …

Hiring of Veterans, Military Spouses Far Exceeds Initiative’s Original Goals

  • April 30, 2013
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U.S. employers have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses since the Joining Forces initiative was created two years ago, nearly tripling the program’s original goal, First Lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday. Businesses now are pledging to hire or train an additional 435,000 individuals over the next five years, Obama said. “We know that today is not the finish line …

Bipartisan Bill Would Aid Military Spouses after a Transfer

  • April 22, 2013
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to help military spouses more easily re-enter the workforce by offering a tax credit to offset the cost of renewing or transferring a professional license after they move to a new state. “When a military family is asked to move as part of their service to our country, the government should be doing everything possible to make that transition seamless,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). “This tax credit would reduce one of the burdens military families face when they move …

First Lady Praises Maryland Lawmakers at Annapolis Bill Signing

  • April 17, 2013
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First Lady Michelle Obama joined Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at a bill signing in Annapolis Wednesday to showcase the efforts of states to streamline credentialing and licensing procedures for service members, veterans and their spouses. O’Malley signed into law the Veterans Full Employment Act, which simplifies the process for service members, veterans, and their spouses to obtain more than 70 civilian credentials and licenses, allowing them to readily transfer their military training, experience and skills into civilian certification and licenses and academic degrees or certifications …

Publication Series to Help Community Members Support Military Families

  • April 16, 2013
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A partnership between the federal government and other organizations has unveiled a publication series intended to help civilians support military families and veterans across a variety of endeavors. The How to Help Military and Veteran Families series will feature 11 issues tailored to audiences such as medical professionals, faith-based communities, educators, employers, financial institutions, legal professionals, first responders, mental health professionals, and families and friends …

N.M. Governor Signs Bill Helping Spouses Obtain Professional Licenses More Quickly

  • March 31, 2013
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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez last week signed a bill designed to help military personnel, their spouses and veterans more easily obtain occupational licenses in a range of fields if they already are qualified or certified in another state. The law covers a broad set of professional occupations such as barbers, architects and veterinarians, along with health care providers such as physicians, pharmacists, dentists and physical therapists …

DOD Program Helps Spouses Plan Early for Career Moves

  • March 26, 2013
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Military spouses should prepare now to find employment when service members receive new orders, according to the DOD official responsible for helping overcome what she says is a 26 percent unemployment rate among military spouses.

“We find spouses are thinking about packing their houses and moving their families, but this is the perfect time to start preparing to make that move in their career,” Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program manager Meg O’Grady told the American Forces Press Service.

Military Caregivers Largely Unsupported, Study Finds

  • March 7, 2013
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Researchers estimate there are between 275,000 and 1 million women and men who are providing care or have provided care for veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, but little is known about their needs and the nation lacks a coherent strategy for supporting them, according to a new RAND Corp. report. Military caregivers — which include spouses, children and parents of military members and veterans — differ from informal caregivers of civilians in several key ways, the report states …

Press on with Efforts to Support Military Families, First Lady, Biden Tell Governors

  • February 26, 2013
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Many states have heeded the call from First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, to eliminate hurdles to military spouses and veterans finding employment, but more states need to join the effort, the two told the nation’s governors on Monday. Biden said that 28 states have passed laws making it easier for spouses in fields such as teaching, nursing and social work to transfer their professional licenses when they relocate to another state because of a new military posting …

Spouse Employment Programs Need Clearer Guidance, GAO Says

  • December 16, 2012
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Better coordination among the Defense Department’s various initiatives for helping military spouses find employment would reduce confusion by participants and improve the programs’ effectiveness, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report. GAO found that the programs overlap and can be challenging to access because of inconsistent guidance from DOD, shortfalls in coordination and the lack of performance monitoring …

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