First lady to attend signing of veterans bill

April 15, 2013|By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun

First lady Michelle Obama will visit the Naval Academy and attend a bill signing in Annapolis on Wednesday, the White House said on Monday.

Obama will be present when Gov. Martin O'Malley signs the Veterans Full Employment Act, legislation that makes it easier for veterans and spouses of active-duty service members to receive professional licenses. The first lady has made military families among her top issues.

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

The legislation would require an expedited process for veterans and spouses of active-duty service members applying for licenses in more than 45 professions, including teachers, electricians, mechanics, doctors and real estate agents. It would also require universities to better translate military courses and experience into college credits and would grant veterans and some spouses a temporary or "provisional" license until they met all of Maryland's licensing rules.

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