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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 …

Military Spouses Face Higher Unemployment Rate, Congressional Report Finds

  • August 29, 2012
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At 15 percent, the unemployment rate for military wives in 2010 was more than twice as high as the rate for their civilian counterparts, according to a new study from Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. Sen. Bob Casey, the committee’s chairman, released the report Tuesday to build support for legislation he introduced that would offer a tax credit to any military spouse who needs to renew or transfer a professional license following a change in their family’s duty station …

‘Joining Forces’ Surpasses Goal for Hiring Veterans, Military Spouses

  • August 22, 2012
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The White House’s “Joining Forces” campaign has prompted the private sector to hire or train more than 125,000 veterans and military spouses in the past year, meeting its goals more than a year early. First Lady Michelle Obama announced the accomplishment Wednesday while addressing sailors and their families at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla. The 2,000 businesses that have participated in the initiative have pledged to hire or train an additional 250,000 veterans and military spouses in the coming years …

Recent Successes Underscore ‘Joining Forces’ Progress

  • August 7, 2012
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Recent achievements on two fronts highlight the progress the “Joining Forces” campaign spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden has made to support military families since the initiative was launched in the spring of 2011. Last month, North Carolina became the 26th state to enact legislation making it easier for military spouses to transfer their professional licenses when their families move to a new duty station. South Carolina and Hawaii recently passed similar legislation as well, and three states — California, Ohio and New Jersey — have license portability measures pending …

Spouse Employment Program Shines in Central Texas

  • July 31, 2012
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When the community neighboring Fort Hood in Central Texas, the nation’s largest military base, wanted to support the nation’s service members and their families, the local workforce development provider formed a community service nonprofit to help military spouses obtain college training, licensure and jobs. Jobs for Military Families, led by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, was one of the nation’s early programs dedicated to military spouse employment. What sets its success apart from other programs that have followed are several key features, including a commitment to provide child care and a focus on high-paying jobs that the spouse can transport to his or her family’s next duty station …

North Carolina Law Streamlines Licensing Procedures for Military Families

  • July 27, 2012
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Military personnel, spouses and veterans moving to North Carolina will find it easier to obtain required occupational licenses, under legislation Gov. Beverly Perdue signed into law this week. The new law streamlines the procedures for those already licensed elsewhere to work in the same occupation in North Carolina. Military and out-of-state qualifications will be required to meet or exceed the state’s standards. A licensing board will determine eligibility based on training, experience and competency …

Army Launches Pilot Transition Program for Separating Soldiers

  • July 19, 2012
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A new and improved Transition Assistance Program for separating soldiers debuted this week at Fort Sill, Okla., after the Army went back to the drawing board to better support troops attempting to enter the civilian workplace, attend college or start a business. What once was a three-day workshop now is an extended program offering soldiers individually focused counseling, reported the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Program elements include …

First Lady Praises Illinois Measure Granting Expedited Licenses to Transferring Spouses

  • June 26, 2012
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First Lady Michelle Obama joined Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday as he signed legislation making it easier for military spouses to transfer their professional licenses. At the bill signing at the Illinois National Guard Armory, Obama praised the governor for making Illinois the 23rd state to adopt legislation improving the portability of professional licenses for military spouses. “This is an eminently solvable problem …

Recent Veterans Need to Overcome Multiple Hurdles to Find Work, Report Says

  • June 4, 2012
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Over the past decade, service members have benefited from training in highly advanced technology, yet they still face challenges in transitioning to the civilian labor market because the private sector in many cases does not recognize their experience, according to a new report by the president’s Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council. Military Skills for America’s Future: Leveraging Military Service and Experience to Put Veterans and Military Spouses Back to Work analyzes the labor market situation of America’s veterans, discusses the challenges that returning veterans and military spouses face as they seek to enter or re-enter civilian employment …

Delaware Governor Signs Bill Easing Moves for Military Spouses

  • May 30, 2012
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Military spouses moving to Delaware will be able to obtain a provisional license in occupations requiring certification, such as dental hygienist or hairdresser, under legislation signed into law this week by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D). The license would allow the individual to practice their profession for six months while they apply for a new one from Delaware. The spouse is required to have a current license in another state or U.S. territory to be eligible, reported delawareonline. “Delaware is helping to make the transition as easy as possible,” said State Rep. Darryl Scott (D), the author of HB 238.

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