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Release No: 244-13
April 16, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama to visit the U.S. Naval Academy and Attend a Military Credentialing and Licensing Bill Signing with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

Bill aims to put America’s veterans back to work

            Tomorrow, as part of her Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will visit the U.S. Naval Academy and deliver remarks at a bill signing with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley for the state’s Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013. 

            The bill signing at the Maryland State House will showcase the ongoing efforts of states to enact meaningful military credentialing and licensing legislation that First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden discussed at the National Governors Association in February 2013, where they renewed their call on governors to do their part putting America’s heroes back to work. 

            Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden set a goal that by the end of 2015, all 50 states should have taken legislative or executive action to help America’s troops get the credentials they need. 

            In less than two months, 12 states have answered the First Lady’s call and passed legislation that fast tracks the ability for service members, veterans and their spouses to earn civilian credentials and licenses. 

            Maryland’s Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 sets a national standard for state legislation, streamlining the ability for service members, veterans, and their spouses to obtain more than 70 civilian credentials and licenses, allowing them to readily transfer their military training, experience and skills into civilian certification and licenses and academic degrees or certifications. 

            Before the bill signing, Mrs. Obama will meet with service members affected by the new legislation at the Naval Academy. 

            The First Lady’s remarks at the State House are open to the press and will be live streamed at http://www.governor.maryland.gov/stream.asp.