We highlighted these priorities in our testimony that was submitted for the record on April 17 to the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Military Personnel, and asked Congress to take steps to support military spouses in their pursuit of personal and professional growth.
Here’s what we covered in our testimony regarding military spouse employment and education initiatives:
- Collaborative work between the three Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunity (SECO) program components to include the Military Spouse Career Center at Military OneSource, Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), and My Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Program
- The reinstatement of the MyCAA program to include all military spouses regardless of the service member’s rank
- The extension of the MyCAA program to spouses of the Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of NOAA, and the U.S. Public Health Service
- Expansion of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for employers who hire military spouses
- A tax credit to military spouses to offset the cost of obtaining a new license or credential when the service member is relocated to a new duty station
- Reciprocity of professional licenses or alternative license arrangements across state lines
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