Bi-partisan bill looks to ease PCS burden for military spouses with careers


(Photo: U.S. Marine Corps, Cpl. Mary M. Carmona/Released)

By J.G. Noll

Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY), along with Walter Jones (R-NC), Pete King (R-NY), Denny Heck (D-WA), Daniel Webster (R-FL), John Delaney (D-MD), Tim Walz (D-MN), John Faso (R-NY), and Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), reintroduced the bipartisan bill, ” Lift the Relocation Burden from Military Spouses Act,” on March 29.

The same bill had been introduced the House Committee on Armed Services on July 7, 2016, and then it had been referred to to the Subcommittee on  Military Personnel on August 11, 2016. Previously, the bill had been co-signed by 17 Republicans and 12 Democrats.

According to Stefanik, the bill would do these three main things:

  • Expedite license portability
  • Require the DoD (and the Department of Homeland Security for Coast Guard spouses) to provide reimbursement for military spouse’s licensing fees up to $500 for each PCS
  • Require the DoD to conduct and submit to Congress a study determining how the military spouse unemployment and underemployment rate can be improved

As of April 5, the text for HR 1796 is available on Congress.gov. To track this proposed bill, click here.

J.G. Noll is the Editor of Military One Click and a veteran’s spouse. She can be reached at joanna@militaryoneclick.com.

3 Comments

  1. This would be great, it cost me over $400 to get a license in our new state this last PCS. I am forever indebted to state of California, and have to pay them $100 to verify my license everytime we PCS, since they don’t follow the same process almost all the other states use to verify licenses. California also takes 3 months to verify your license. My current state wouldn’t issue a temporary license. So I was unemployed 4 months. This is why I am so done.

  2. I have racked up licenses nownin three states. And California with the most technologically Davy companies in the country are the absolute slowest and least helpful when it comes to helping military family members. Plan on applying for my next license as soon as we know our next location to avoid the problems with California. Also, FORGET about calling them, no one answers! Have to drive to Sacramento twice to get answers. Very frustrating!

  3. This is a nice idea but it only goes so far. We are about to PCS to a military friendly state but I can not get my license process started until we have orders and with the continuing resolution that won’t be till 30-60 days before the move- just prolonging my unemployment. It is always something…..

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