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MOAA Hosts 11th Military Spouse Symposium

Feb 27 2015



MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan, USN (ret.), Dorothy McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia, and C.C. Gallagher, Deputy Director, Spouse and Currently Serving Programs

MOAA hosted its 11th Military Spouse Symposium, “Keeping A Career on the Move®,” February 24th in Norfolk, Virginia which drew more than 200 military spouses.

Virginia’s first lady Dorothy McAuliffe kicked off the award-winning professional-development conference by reaffirming her commitment to military families. “Here in Virginia, the governor and I are absolutely committed to supporting our military families,” McAuliffe said. “We know that you face unique challenges, and we are glad to work with organizations like MOAA to make sure that military families get the support that they need and they deserve.”

To support military spouses in the workforce, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation providing eligibility for unemployment compensation to military spouses who leave employment to accompany their active duty servicemember to a new duty station. Virginia joins 46 other states offering this critical benefit.

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Karen Golden, Deputy Director of Government Relations (moderator) with Julie Gifford, Regional Military Liaison, Office of the Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia and Nora Graves, President, Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education.

The first panel of the day focused on “The Nuts and Bolts of Spouse Employment.” The discussion centered on the state and federal policies, national programs, installation resources, and local employment and educational opportunities that help military spouses advance their career opportunities

Representatives from MOAA’s Transition Center provided career-focused seminars to assist spouses with workforce entry. Sessions included LinkedIn strategies, developing your 30 second commercial and resume and interviewing tips.

Additional sessions focused on entrepreneurship and tips for navigating federal employment.


Jade Rouzeau, Bre Kingsbury, Mia Guinan, Pauline Arredondo and Lucy Bustamante.

The day concluded with the popular “Real Spouses, Real Stories” panel. Military spouses who have navigated a wide variety of industries and used strategic volunteer opportunities to keep their careers on the move shared insight for managing a career while “married to the military.”

In the National Capitol Region?
Join #MOAASpouse15 for the second Military Spouse Symposium of 2015 “Keeping a Career on the Move®”
Monday, March 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

(Registration opens at 8:15)
 The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Va. 22314

We want to thank our event sponsors and partners: JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mercer Consumer, MilitaryByOwner, USAA, Stella & Dot, and the Rosie Network.

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Legislation Introduced to Offset Cost of #MilSpouse Licensure

Feb 09 2015


Currently, 47 states have passed legislation or an executive order to better support military spouses serving in professions with state license and certification requirements.

We are grateful that states are now expediting licensure for certain professions through endorsement and temporary/provisional licensing.

But, renewing or reissuing a license following every PCS move can get very expensive—quick!

That is why Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has re-introduced the Military Spouse Job Continuity Act (S.210). This bi-partisan bill would credit $500 against the taxable income paid by the military spouse who must pursue new licensing or certification in each state due to their servicemember’s military ordered relocation.

This bill would help reduce the financial impact on military families as they move from state to state in support of their servicemember.

Take action today and send this MOAA-suggested message to your elected official urging them to support the Military Spouse Job Continuity Act of 2015 (S. 210). The best part-you can personalize the message!

We want to hear from you!  Share your personal challenges regarding career portability below. What obstacles have you faced?

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