First lady: All states easing licensing for military spouses

Michelle Obama
In this photo taken Nov. 16, 2015, first lady Michelle Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Mrs. Obama will celebrate her 52nd birthday Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Obama says her campaign to help military families has reached a new milestone.

All 50 states have now eased the requirements for military spouses whose careers require a professional license, such as nursing or teaching.

The first lady says just three states accepted licenses from other states when she and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, launched a broader military initiative in 2011.

Military spouses seek new employment every few years, more often than civilians, based on when their enlisted husbands and wives are deployed to new posts. The White House says about one-third of military spouses have careers that require a professional license. Each move often required them to spend considerable time and money to get a license in their new home states.

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