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Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to Push Military Spouse Employment

Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will unveil on Wednesday the results of a national study aimed at boosting employment among military spouses in careers that require state occupational licensing, such as teachers, child care workers and nurses.

Spouses in those careers commonly face financial and administrative burdens every time they change residency -- which is often in military family life.  The report offers a roadmap to help streamline occupational licensing across state lines.

The White House estimates the licensing burdens, “negatively impact employability for more than 100,000 military spouses,” or 35 percent of all military spouses in the labor force.

Only 11 states currently have laws allowing portability of occupational licenses. Thirteen states have legislation pending.

Obama and Biden are expected to add pressure on more states to consider laws that would allow for easier state-to-state transfer of certification.  

Wednesday's Pentagon event is billed as part of the Obama-Biden “Joining Forces” initiative to support veterans and their families. 

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Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to Spotlight Military Families on Tour

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are heading out next week on a tour to support military families.

The pair will first make a visit to Camp Lejeune on Wednesday, where the duo will address 3,000 marines, soldiers, sailors and military family members.

Following that event, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden will join Martha Stewart and pregnant women whose husbands are in the military when they visit Operation Shower, a non-profit that hosts baby showers for expecting military families. The two then plan to visit service members and families at a support center in San Antonio, Texas, before an evening trip to Coors Field in Denver where they will join military families from across Colorado for a Rockies baseball game.

On Thursday, their tour will take them to Colorado Springs and Columbus, Ohio.

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