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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 …

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 …

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