Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States joined me this morning to discuss her campaign to support military spouses:
HH: I am so pleased, honored to welcome the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, to the program. Mrs. Pence, welcome, it’s great to have you on the show.
KP: Thank you, Hugh. It’s great to be with you this morning.
HH: I want to begin by thanking you. I saw a story in the Military Times, Karen Pence Opens Campaign To Help Support Military Spouses, and I immediately said let’s reach out to her and see how we can help. What are you up to? And thank you for doing it.
KP: Well, thanks, Hugh. You know, we just started to realize that our military spouses are kind of a unique population. And they contribute so much and play such a significant role in the defense of our country. And I think people don’t realize that. And more than anything, we just want to come alongside, and we want to say we are with you, we support you, we appreciate you.
HH: They have so many unique challenges. Often, their spouse disappears overnight. Often, they’re left to move on short notice. Often, they move often, and they cannot find work because of licensing, and I believe you’re focused on licensing specifically.
KP: Well, we are, and you know, it’s something that changes all the time. So right when you think oh, we’ve got the licensing going, you know, it’s a state issue. And state legislatures change all the time. But it is something that is tricky for our military spouses. We’re making a lot of headway with state legislatures, but then, for example, maybe a state will say yes, we will accept your license from another state when you move, because you’re a military spouse. But maybe they don’t get that information to that particular organization, and so when the military spouse moves and calls, and says you know, I have this career, and she calls her organization and says you know, can you accept my license, maybe the person answering the phone doesn’t know what they’re talking about. So it’s a matter of getting everybody informed and on the same page as well.