On Tuesday, Mrs. Obama will join Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in Chicago as he signs into law the “Military Family Licensing Act,” which will assist veterans and military spouses transfer their professional license to Illinois more easily. The White House Joining Forces program, The Department of Defense and Military1Click are advocating for over 100,000 military spouses who serve in professions that require state licenses and/or certification.
Washington DC (PRWEB) June 25, 2012
The White House Joining Forces Executive Director, Captain Brad Cooper, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Erica Borggren and Chief of Department of Defense State Liaison Office Marcus Beauregard talked with Military1Click and other members of the media about The First Lady’s upcoming visit to Chicago on Tuesday, June 26th for a Military Spouse Licensing Event.
Joining Forces was created over 14 months ago and The First Lady along with Dr. Biden have made it a top priority advocating for the 100,000 military spouses who serve in professions that require state license and/or certification. Teachers, Nurses, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Dental Hygienist are just a few of the many careers requiring new licensure and/or certification from state to state.
According to Captain Cooper, Executive Director of The Joining Forces program, “…military spouses move across state lines at a rate that is 10 times greater than their civilian counterparts.”
Constantly moving and becoming re-licensed from state to state is a huge time consuming effort and a tremendous financial burden due to the cost of re-licensing. Furthermore, the interim of unemployment leads to a severe lack of income for these military families. On Tuesday, Mrs. Obama will join Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at the Illinois National Guard Armory in Chicago as he signs into law the “Military Family Licensing Act,” which will help over 16,000 military spouses in Illinois.
Erica Borggren, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs explained this new law will allow military spouses to have an expedited temporary license while allowing up to 6 months to obtain their official state license. Borggren also commented that Governor Quinn, the state of Illinois and the community are committed to the national effort for hiring and supporting our military spouses and veterans.
Jennifer Pilcher, CEO of Military1Click inquired about the states who have not yet adopted the pro-military spouse license portability measures, specifically in New Jersey and Maryland. Captain Cooper explained that over 22 states have adopted the new legislation and New Jersey is one of the 7 states with pending legislation.
Mr. Beauregard, Defense-State Liaison Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, added that Maryland and other states considering these measures work during different legislative calendars. He also mentioned that many of the states who have not yet adopted this legislation expressed sincere interest regarding military spouse license portability as well as other veteran employment legislation.
Mrs. Obama’s goal through Joining Forces is for all 50 states to adopt pro-military spouse licensing portability measures by 2014. The number of states that have pro-military spouse licensing legislation now in place have already doubled in the last four months. Together, the White House Joining Forces program, the Department of Defense and Military1Click are committed to promote programs that provide a smoother transition for families moving due to military orders. Military1Click.com’s website allows military spouses and veterans to check on the status of the pro-military spouse licensing measures occurring in their new state, before they even arrive.
For further details please visit http://www.militaryoneclick.com.