Recent Successes Underscore ‘Joining Forces’ Progress

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, reported American Forces Press Service.

The effort to streamline the processes used by states to transfer licenses and certification credentials of military spouses is “exceeding our expectations,” Navy Capt. Brad Cooper, executive director of the Joining Forces initiative, told the publication. To see a map of states that have passed portability legislation, visit the White House’s Joining Forces blog.

Also last month, the National Association of Social Workers announced it is launching a free, online training course to help social workers better understand the unique needs of military families. It also is providing a protocol for working with veterans and military families, and is creating a professional credential for social work with veterans and military families, according to the story.

“This really is the largest outreach and advocacy efforts we’ve had on behalf of veterans and their families for years,” Cooper said.

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