White House officials reiterated their commitment to support the career ambitions of military spouses during a Hiring Our Heroes summit held Thursday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “You have some people in the White House who really care and are championing this issue,” said Jennifer Korn, a special assistant to President Trump. A first step was the executive order Trump signed in May encouraging agencies to apply more liberally a federal law that gives preference to military spouses for government jobs, said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. Officials say the president’s action will increase opportunities for military spouses.
Following the summit, the Labor Department unveiled a website detailing the various options available in each state for military spouses to transfer professional licenses, a major barrier for spouses striving to continue their careers following a move across state lines. The site is expected to significantly reduce research time for spouses, reported Stars and Stripes. “This site is going to make life so much easier for military spouses who are getting transferred,” said Dan Greenberg, a senior policy advisor at the Department of Labor.
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