Edie Smith talks to me about what repealing the Widows Tax will mean for her and hundreds of other military widows.
With just three words, military widow Edie Smith summed up the last two decades of countless trips to the Capitol, where she represented thousands of military widows from across the country in meetings to repeal a bill that withheld survivor benefits.
“We did it,” Smith said, as a room full of military widows, veteran service organizations and members of Congress roared in applause. “I’ve waited a long time to say that.”
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Second lady Karen Pence calls military spouses the backbone of military readiness. Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence and mother of a Marine Corps pilot, spent 25 years as an elementary school teacher before becoming the first lady of Indiana in 2013. As second lady of the United States, she works to raise awareness and educate the public about the mental health profession of art therapy, as well as to educate and elevate military families.
Pence says she has never pretended to know what issues are important to military spouses. Instead, she stepped into her role and took off on a tour of military installations to find out from the source what issues are important to spouses that her office could take on. Pence sat down with Military Officer magazine recently to discuss how she believes she can work to assist spouses.
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Second lady Karen Pence, the mother of a Marine, is pledging her assistance to increase employment opportunities for military spouses, whom she praised as critical to military readiness.
“Military spouse employment is a very important aspect of a strong and resilient military family,” she said during a Tuesday speech at the national meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C. “Our spouses these days, they don't just want a job, they want a career. They work very hard to get their degrees and they want to be able to use them and they want to be fulfilled.”
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Servicemembers' spouses will soon have access to new employment leads through an online job networking site.
LinkedIn, a website for professional networking, has partnered with the Defense Department's Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program to provide one year of LinkedIn Premium access to military spouses during moves to new installations. That population typically reports an unemployment rate four times higher than the national average as they are faced with constant moves to new military bases.
The program will launch in July.
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Surviving spouses of fallen troops from across the country connected virtually in a new group that aims to solve problems and shape future legislation.
About 25 members of the newly formed Surviving Spouses Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America met in a telephonic meeting on Tuesday night. It's the association's second virtual group - following the Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates group.
“The purpose is to provide a forum for surviving spouses across the United States to come together,” said Gail Joyce, one of the group's founding members. “We want to find solutions to problems we might be having.”
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Hundreds of thousands of military families could find support and resources through proposed benefits in the 2019 defense spending bill.
Military families generally move every few years as their servicemember transfers to different duty stations, making it hard to build friendships or for spouses to find permanent employment. The Defense Department estimates there are 641,639 spouses of active-duty servicemembers.
The $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act that was passed by the House of Representatives last week includes several policies that could benefit spouses and families. The Senate is now marking up their version of the bill.
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