• 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 …

  • 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 …

  • DOD Overhauls Program to Aid Spouse Transition0

    The Defense Department’s overhauled transition program for military spouses will be available beginning this fall, according to a senior official. The program, which will be available for in-person training and online, focuses on three life stages — new spouses, spouses with mid-career service members and those already in transition, Eddy Mentzer, associate director of DOD’s office of military and family policy, told Military.com. The changes primarily reflect how the information will be delivered to spouses rather than new content. The component geared to new spouses will be rolled out first to give families a head start entering the civilian world …

  • Cost of Military Spouse Unemployment, Underemployment Mounts0

    High rates of unemployment, underemployment and reduced labor force participation among military spouses are costing the nation between $710 million and $1.1 billion a year, according to a new report from Blue Star Families.
    The study calculated the cost of lost federal income tax, unemployment benefits, and costs for health care issues related to unemployment and underemployment. The lost income taxes that spouses would have paid represented the largest component of the economic impact, ranging from $578 million to $763 million …

  • Georgia Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Ease Plight of Transitioning Personnel, Spouses

    Georgia Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Ease Plight of Transitioning Personnel, Spouses0

    The Georgia Legislature approved multiple bills benefitting military families and transitioning service members during the session that closed last week. On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to expedite the process for military spouses to transfer professional licenses from other states, sending the measure to Gov. Nathan Deal (R). The Military Spouses and Veterans Licensure Act, House Bill 821, would require all state licensure boards to adopt a process permitting military spouses and transitioning service members moving to Georgia to qualify for temporary occupational licenses, licenses by endorsement or expedited licenses that would allow them to enter Georgia’s workforce …

  • Military Spouses Face Uphill Battle in Finding Employment0

    The challenge of needing to find a new job every few years is a significant burden for military spouses, but there are strategies that can make their plight easier. To avoid extended gaps in their employment history, spouses should consider taking advantage of volunteering opportunities, said Shonte Gonzalez, an Airmen and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist who counsels spouses at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “It’s not paid, but it’s a job,” Gonzalez told the Dayton Daily News. “Their gaps in employment are probably one of the biggest things that are stressful to them …