By: Kathryn Werner, MPAS, PA-C
I was very excited when I was asked to represent MOAA at the signing of the Maryland Veteran’s Full Employment Act of 2013.
In 2011, my husband and I moved from Idaho to Maryland. As soon as we arrived, I began the licensing procedure so that I could start working as a physician assistant. The process proved to be a lengthy, expensive, and frustrating one, which just compounded the inevitable chaos involved in a military move.
Shortly after, I learned of efforts by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative to resolve such an important issue for military families and had been following the campaign’s progress.
The Maryland Veteran’s Employment Act is a great example of that progress. It aims to remove barriers to credentialing for military members, spouses and veterans and also to allow for professional and educational credit for previous military work experience.
To be at the signing of an act so relevant to me personally was particularly meaningful. The fact that Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker at the ceremony was also a just a little exciting!
First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at the Veterans Full Employment Act Bill Signing in Annapolis, MD. (Photo by: Kathryn Werner)
As a member of MOAA’s Spouse’s Advisory Council, there is often the opportunity to voice one’s opinion about matters relevant to military life. It’s easy to see the great job MOAA does in listening to our concerns and in working hard to represent those ideas to our elected officials.
However, between negative press and the complicated nature of the law making process, it isn’t always as evident to see our law makers working on our behalf.
Yesterday’s ceremony was a shining example of military advocacy groups, interested citizens, our First Lady, and our state legislators working together to make a real and meaningful impact on the lives of military families.
Kathryn Werner, MPAS, PA-C, is a member of the 2012-2013 MOAA Spouse Advisory Council. Click here to learn more about Kathryn and others on the MOAA Spouse Advisory Council.
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