Military Spouse Employment Initiatives

The National Military Family Association is working to advance military spouse employment initiatives at both the state and federal level. Last week our Association testified in support of Texas Senate Bill 1733 – a bill which would provide an alternative professional license procedure for military spouses who accompany a service member on Permanent Change of Station orders (PCS) into the state of Texas. The legislation would help a military spouse who needs a state license or credential to work, become employed more quickly upon entering Texas. This state legislation is supported by the Department of Defense State Liaison office and is one of their top ten issues for 2011. Other states are considering similar legislation.

Our Association also supports The Military Spouse Job Continuity Act, S. 697.This legislation would provide a tax credit of up to $500 to military spouses to help offset the cost of obtaining a new license or credential in a new state when accompanying the service member on Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.

Military spouses from across the globe have shared their struggles with portable careers and state licensing barriers. We are using your stories to help advance legislation. Please continue to share your licensing experiences with us on our Facebook page or email us at Please include:

  • your career field
  • how long it took to obtain a license
  • if you couldn’t obtain one - why you weren’t able to and where you were located when that happened
  • states where you hold a license or credential
  • the cost to obtain a license in a new state/location
  • the cost to maintain a license in a previous location

Our Association thanks military spouses for sharing your employment experiences with us.

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