Karen Pence sits next to a Comfort Crew Kit to be given to a military child during an interview with The Associated Press on the Vice-President of the house, the Naval Observatory in Washington, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Married to the vice-president has its advantages. “Now people take my phone,” Karen Pence told The Associated Press in an interview. These days, Vice-President Mike Pence’s wife is with her new cachet to call on behalf of military spouses, are looking to them to help overcome the challenges that come with it are from Wednesday to an active service.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON – Karen Pence, the vice-president of the woman, opened a campaign Thursday to help military spouses get the support and services they need.
Mrs. Pence, said one of the biggest frustration of some spouses told her about getting a new professional license in order to continue in the career required, every time they move, which can happen every couple of years for military families.
In a speech at a gathering of military spouses, they pointed out that they are now eligible to be reimbursed by the federal government for relicensing or recertification costs under a defense bill that President Donald Trump recently signed into law.
“Licensing is expensive,” she said in a speech at the military Fort Carson in Colorado.
Mrs. Pence also pointed to an executive order He signed this year to promote the hiring of military spouses by the U.S. government, and they called a number of private companies, that said they are working to help military spouses.
“In the Trump administration, we find it absolutely necessary that we support our military spouses and children,” said Mrs. Pence, whose son is in Navy flight school. “Spouses do so much and ask for so little.” They referred to them as the “backbone” of their families.
In an interview with The Associated Press earlier this week, she said the challenges of military spouses, including finding child care affects military readiness. Unhappy spouses can lead to unhappy service members, and they can eventually stop.
Her attempt to do so think of joining Forces, an initiative to encourage military families led by Michelle Obama, the former first lady and Jill Biden, the wife of former Vice-President Joe Biden. Mrs. Pence, who the man is Vice-President Mike Pence, told the AP that joining Forces made a lot of progress by making member states aware of the licensing issues, prompting them to change the laws.
But a recent study from the University of Minnesota found that, while state laws may have been updated, information that by professional boards is sometimes lacking. Some applications to the left, questions on military status, while some websites had no information about the transfer for military spouses, the study found.
It is an area where Mrs. Pence wants to use her influence, though she is aware that a few years to try to make a difference.
“These things take time. No one elected me, no one who voted for me. They don’t want me writing policy, and I’m not going,” she told the AP. “But what I do know what I can do is I can speak as many spouses as possible, and to encourage them and uplift them and connect them.”
She said that she understands a bit of what the spouses go through, because she and the vice-president had 14 homes during their 33-year marriage.
“They are professionals, and we just want to do what we can in this short window of time to make a difference,” she added about military spouses. “Maybe it’s just a thing that we can do. … But we want to do what we can do now we have people who, you know, will be our call.”
Mrs. Pence also pointed to another issue Thursday: helping children cope with having a deployed parent.
She was handing out “comfort kits” for children which is an animated video, a guided journal and a teddy bear. They and the spouses of nearly 30 members of the Congress assembled 500 kits in the past week.
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