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‘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.

Spouses Finding More Flexibility from States when Recognizing Licenses

  • May 22, 2012
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Some of the barriers preventing military spouses from maintaining a career are starting to fall, reports American Forces Press Service. Sixteen states have passed laws to improve professional license portability, while 11 others have legislation pending. Also DOD’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership recently announced it has a total of 128 employer partners that post jobs on the program’s site specifically for military spouses. The companies allow hired spouses to retain their jobs after they move. The gains are due to the efforts of DOD’s Military Community and Family Policy office, the First Lady’s Joining Forces campaign and military spouses themselves, according to the story.

Survey Highlights Military Families’ Leading Worries

  • May 9, 2012
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A survey released Wednesday by Blue Star Families found that 62 percent of military family members who believed their service member had exhibited signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, regardless of any official diagnosis, did not seek treatment due to doubts about the military’s support system. The finding demonstrates there is still much to be done to help service members and their families deal with the invisible wounds of war, concluded the nonprofit dedicated to supporting military families …

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