Military Families Focus: Second Lady Introduces Campaign to Encourage Military Spouses; Schools to Begin Tracking Progress of Military Students
Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, said she would focus on helping military spouses sustain their careers as part of a campaign she launched Thursday to support military spouses. During a speech at Fort Carson, Colo., Pence pointed to a new statute allowing the federal government to reimburse military spouses for costs to transfer a professional license or certification. The challenges facing military spouses, including finding child care, can affect military readiness, partially by prompting military members to leave the service, she said. “In the Trump administration, we feel it is imperative we support our military spouses and children,” Pence said, reported Military Times. … School officials for the first time will be asking students this year whether they have an active-duty parent as part of an effort to help states and school districts track the performance of military kids as a group. The new military student identifier, required under a K-12 education law enacted in 2015, could improve the educational experience for military children and help parents determine where to live when they move to a new duty station, reports Military Times.