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Andy Kim Moves to Put Military Spouses to Work

Andy Kim Moves to Put Military Spouses to Work


Active duty military spouses face a 24% unemployment rate -- a rate six times higher than the national rate. And over 31% are working part-time even if they would prefer to work full-time. That’s why Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ) is calling for Congress to make a key job training program open to all military spouses. He and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced the Spouse Employment Reciprocity and Vocational Instruction for Career Enhancement (SERVICE) Act, a bill that would end restrictions on the Department of Defense’s My Career Advancement Account program. Currently, spouses become ineligible if their partner gets promoted out of approved pay grades. By ending the eligibility limits, the SERVICE Act would give additional military spouses funding for up to $4,000 in tuition for certifications, licenses, and associate degrees. The lawmakers said this would then help spouses find work, which is often impaired when they move states and lose license eligibility due to reciprocity issues. “Our servicemembers already sacrifice so much for our country, they shouldn’t have to sacrifice their economic wellbeing because of a broken system that makes it too difficult for spouses to find work,” said Kim. “The peace of mind of a good paying job for our military families is the least we can do to support them.” More here.

Julián Castro Unveils Housing Plan

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Lawmakers Aim to #FreeThePill

Lawmakers Aim to #FreeThePill