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First Lady to visit Pentagon

3 years ago February 15, 2012 Feb 15, 2012 Wednesday, February 15 2012 Wednesday, February 15, 2012 7:47:54 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama is planning a visit to the Pentagon to promote more help for military spouses who often suffer higher unemployment than others because they move so much.

Mrs. Obama will join Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other officials later Wednesday in talking about a new report that shows military spouses - overwhelmingly women - are 10 times more likely to move across state lines than their civilian counterparts.

The military spouses working in jobs like teaching and nursing often are stymied in efforts to continue their professions when their partners are reassigned to a new state because states can have varying requirements for being licensed or certified in a given profession.

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