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Posts Tagged ‘military spouses’

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 …

Family Support Covers Broad Spectrum of Needs

  • November 27, 2012
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Military families have greater access to a wide range of support programs, including installation and school transitioning, promoting employment for spouses and nonmedical military counseling services, said Charles Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. Other programs include Military OneSource, which offers financial counseling, tax preparation and help with making informed decisions in home buying and selling …

Spouse Hiring Program Reaches New Heights

  • November 14, 2012
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A Pentagon program intended to help military spouses find rewarding careers despite frequent relocations added 30 companies and organizations at a Washington Navy Yard event Wednesday, raising the total number of participants past 160. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is needed in the military community to combat spouses’ high unemployment rates and historically low wages …

Grant to Allow Jacksonville to Map Veterans Services

  • October 15, 2012
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The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida will create an online platform identifying veterans services in the Jacksonville area, courtesy of a $20,000 grant from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation. The project, which is scheduled to be completed in March 2013, will identify reintegration services available to veterans and provide government agencies a tool for locating and contacting resources for veterans, nonprofits with a map of services and interrelated programs that will improve efficiency in service delivery and coordination of care …

Top Goal is to Preserve Family Support Programs, DOD Council Says

  • September 23, 2012
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Protecting troop and family support programs from budget cuts and increasing support to service members transitioning out of the military were named as the top priorities for the coming fiscal year by DOD’s Military Family Readiness Council after meeting last week. The council said it wants to ensure there is sufficient time for service members and families to transition, and that transitional compensation and health care coverage is needed to help cross over to civilian life …

California Legislature Approves Bills Aiding Transition for Military Spouses, Veterans

  • August 30, 2012
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A measure easing the way for military spouses to obtain professional licenses after moving to California is headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown following the bill’s passage this week by the state Assembly. AB 1904 would expedite the licensure process for military spouses with a current, valid license in their career field from another jurisdiction. Obtaining a new license can cause lengthy re-employment delays for military spouses moving between states …

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