• Initiative to Bolster Military Spouse Hiring to Begin Rollout in San Antonio

    Initiative to Bolster Military Spouse Hiring to Begin Rollout in San Antonio0

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and USAA this week launched an initiative to boost the career prospects of military spouses by leveraging business, civic and military stakeholders to create employer networks geared to hiring spouses. Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones will be established in eight communities this year, starting with San

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  • Kansas to Allow Military Spouses to Skip Bar Exam on Temporary Basis

    Kansas to Allow Military Spouses to Skip Bar Exam on Temporary Basis0

    The Kansas Supreme Court last week adopted a rule allowing attorneys living in Kansas with their spouses who are members of the military to temporarily practice law without taking the state-administered uniform bar exam. The change is intended to ease the hardship on military spouses moving to Kansas who have been admitted to practice law in another state or the District of Columbia. Eighteen states have already passed similar rules, and 13 more have proposed or are considering admission of military spouses, according to the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration …

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  • Cuomo Signs Bill Accelerating Process for Military Spouses to Transfer Licenses

    Cuomo Signs Bill Accelerating Process for Military Spouses to Transfer Licenses0

    The state of New York will expedite the process for issuing occupational licenses to the spouses of active-duty military personnel transferred to New York who are licensed to practice in another state, under legislation signed Sept. 9 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The bill also requires the state to issue temporary licenses while the applications of military spouses are pending. The measure would cover as many as 50 fields, including medicine, architecture, engineering, accounting and social work. The bill’s enactment makes New York the last state in the country to give special consideration for licensing to military spouses …

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  • Despite Gains, Military Spouses Still Face Hurdles in Transferring Professional Licenses

    Despite Gains, Military Spouses Still Face Hurdles in Transferring Professional Licenses0

    Despite significant progress nationwide to ease the requirements for military spouses to gain professional licenses or credentials needed to continue their careers after moving, the occupations covered vary by state and the process is far from standardized. “They’re not all created equal, and they don’t cover every single profession,” Katie Savant, a government relations strategist for the National Military Family Association, said of the changes states have made to benefit military spouses …

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  • Bill Would Ease Burden on Military Spouses with Professional Licenses

    Bill Would Ease Burden on Military Spouses with Professional Licenses0

    Legislation introduced last week by New York Rep. Elise Stefanik would help alleviate the burden experienced by military spouses trying to maintain professional careers when their family moves to a new duty station. The bipartisan bill would require DOD to reimburse military spouses up to $500 for licensing fees for each permanent change of station. The measure also would expedite license portability and require the department to look for ways to improve the military spouse unemployment and underemployment rate …

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  • States Move to Ease Transition for Military Spouses

    States Move to Ease Transition for Military Spouses0

    All 50 states have taken action to ease the requirements for military spouses to gain professional licenses or credentials needed to continue their careers after moving, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, announced on Saturday. The achievement comes five years after the first lady and Biden urged the nation’s governors to streamline state licensing requirements for the military community as part of the Joining Forces initiative the two launched. At the time, just three states accepted licenses from other states, according to a White House fact sheet. By 2012, nearly half of all states had begun to address the barriers facing military spouses seeking employment …

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