Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Jul 6, 2016
Press Release

FORT BENNING, GA ­­– Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus is proud to welcome the news that 50 states have taken action on military spouse licensing, as announced by the Joining Forces initiative.

“While military spouses are well educated and highly qualified for a range of careers, they face a 26 percent unemployment rate and a 25 percent wage gap compared to their civilian counterparts,” said Congressman Bishop. “Equalizing military spouse licensing requirements between states will lower barriers to finding and maintaining a rewarding career, boosting the quality of life of military families and the readiness of our military force – an announcement everyone can celebrate!”

In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. The same year, Joining Forces issued a call to action to all 50 U.S. governors to take executive and/or legislative action to streamline state licensing for the military community. In collaboration with state legislators and regulators, Joining Forces and the U.S. Department of Defense have helped states adopt simple measures to accommodate the demands of the military and support military spouses as they seek to continue their career.

Today, all 50 states have taken action to support the military community by making it easier for military spouses to overcome barriers to employment. By streamlining licensing and credentialing, military spouses – many of whom require licenses – can continue working no matter their location.

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