President Barack Obama commends his wife Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden for their ''Joining Forces Initiative,'' which encourages states to streamline professional licensing requirements for military spouses. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama wished everyone a happy Fourth of July in his weekly address to the nation on Saturday (July 2), while recognizing members of the military, veterans and their families for their service to the nation. He also highlighted one of the problems faced by the spouses of military members. "Until recently, when spouses (of service members) were asked to move across state lines, they often needed to re-certify for a job they're already qualified for," said the president. He said First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice-President Joe Biden, tackled the problem as part of their "Joining Forces Initiative" program. "When Michelle and Jill took up this cause five years ago, only three states had taken action on military spouse licensing," Obama said. This week, Michelle and Jill announced that all fifty states have acted to streamline professional licensing requirements for military spouses. "This is a big step forward. But we're not done yet. We're going to keep working with states to make licensing simpler for more jobs and reach more qualified workers," Obama said.