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    Will a Federal Fix for Complex License Rules Help Combat Military Spouse Unemployment?

    Will a Federal Fix for Complex License Rules Help Combat Military Spouse Unemployment?

    When Kristie Crow married her husband, a soldier in the , she had no idea how her husband's career would impact hers.

    Knowing that spouses face stubbornly high unemployment rates, often around 20%, Crow decided to pursue a master's degree in clinical social work in order to be more marketable as she moved from state to state.

    Crow thought she could meet license requirements in the three years her husband would be stationed in state, but his orders were cut short, leaving her shy of the clinical hours needed to obtain her license. Off to Virginia they went, but their 22-month orders were two months shy of that state's 24-month license requirement.

    When they later moved to Hawaii with three-year orders in hand, Crow finally had enough time to obtain her Licensed Clinical Social Worker certification, or LCSW, and log the hours required to be eligible to transfer it to her current state of residence, Virginia.

    Now, despite having eight years of clinical experience, Crow has been licensed for only a little over a year, and she is worried about how her husband's next set of orders will impact her career.

    “There are definitely states where it's like, ‘Oh, I hope we don't end up there,'” said Crow.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 34% of military spouses work in fields that require occupational licenses. And without the ability to transfer licenses across states, those spouses aren't able to…

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