Weekly Address: President Obama – Serving our Military Families This Fourth of July

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In this week’s address, President Obama wished everyone a happy Fourth of July, and recognized our service members, veterans and their families for their service to our country. The President commended First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden on the most recent milestone of their Joining Forces initiative. This week, the First Lady and Dr. Biden announced that all fifty states have acted to streamline professional licensing for military spouses, who often move across state lines and need to re-certify for a job they are already qualified for. Although more work needs to be done, today, many military spouses no longer have to worry about putting their career on hold just because their loved ones have chosen to serve this country. That’s what this initiative is all about – serving our troops as well as they have served us. This holiday weekend, visit JoiningForces.gov to find out how you can serve service members, veterans and military families in your community.

Transcript: Weekly Address: Serving our Military Families This Fourth of July

Remarks of President Barack Obama as Prepared for Delivery, Weekly Address, The White House, July 2, 2016

Hi everybody, and Happy Fourth of July weekend. On Monday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will celebrate the Fourth like most of you – in the backyard. We’ll hang out with family and friends, throw some burgers and dogs on the grill, and watch the fireworks show.

Of course, we’re fortunate enough to have the South Lawn as our backyard. So we’re also going to fill it with hundreds of our troops, our veterans, and their families. Over the past seven and a half years, it’s become one of my favorite traditions. We get to celebrate our freedoms while doing what we can to honor all those who serve and sacrifice to make that freedom possible.

And I know that honoring our service members, our veterans, and their families is something that so many Americans try to do every day, without fanfare, or expectation of anything in return.

For the past five years, Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden have tried to follow the example of so many of those Americans with their Joining Forces initiative. They’ve rallied businesses to hire more than 1.2 million veterans and military spouses, and helped reduce veteran homelessness. And just this week, Michelle and Jill announced a breakthrough on a concern they’ve heard again and again from the military spouses they spend so much time with – and that’s the issue of professional licensing.

This is something that most Americans aren’t familiar with. But for military families, it’s a big challenge. Here’s why. Our troops are often transferred from base to base. It’s part of the job. And because their families serve with them, that means their spouses move ten times more often than the rest of us. Ten times more often. That’s tough on a career. And more than one in three of these spouses works in a profession that requires a professional license or certification. Nurses. Childcare providers. Accountants. Social workers. And lots of other jobs.

And until recently, when these spouses were asked to move across state lines, they often needed to re-certify for a job they’re already qualified for. A nurse with years of experience might have to take entry-level classes, or pay a fee, or wait months for paperwork to be processed before he or she could get back to work on the job they love and that lets them support their families.

It didn’t make any sense. So we changed it. When Michelle and Jill took up this cause five years ago, only three states had taken action on military spouse licensing. But they rallied governors and state legislatures to action. And this week, we reached a milestone. Today, all fifty states have acted to streamline many of these licensing issues. 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. But we can finally say to so many of our military families – when you move, you’ll no longer be forced to put the career you love on hold just because you and your families have chosen to serve this country.

That’s what this is about – serving our men and women in uniform as well as they have served us. But you don’t have to be a governor or a First Lady to make a difference. So this holiday weekend, take a look at JoiningForces.gov to find out how you can serve the troops, veterans, and military families in your community.

And to all our brave men and women in uniform – you represent the best of who we are as a nation. On this day and every day, we thank you.

Thanks everybody. Have a great Fourth of July.

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  5 comments for “Weekly Address: President Obama – Serving our Military Families This Fourth of July

  1. JanF
    July 2, 2016 at 6:19 am

    The Obama Foundation sent out emails yesterday talking about the Obama Presidential Center, to be built in Chicago.

    Our goal with the Obama Presidential Center is to connect history with action. The space will tell President Obama’s story in ways no other presidential library or museum has. And perhaps more importantly, it will deliver on the President’s timeless idea that ordinary people can gather together and make change.

    I guess it’s real … he will be leaving office. :(

    • JanF
      July 3, 2016 at 8:37 am

      NPR: 5 Things To Consider About The Supreme Court’s Decision On Texas Abortion Law

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  2. JanF
    July 5, 2016 at 6:43 am

    The President celebrates 4th of July. No fireworks because of the weather but the show did go on!

    Transcript: Remarks by the President at Fourth of July Celebration

    The festivities included the president singing Happy Birthday to his daughter, Malia who turned 18.

  3. JanF
    July 5, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Happy Fourth of July from our nominee!

    Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton

    “To be great, we can’t be small. We have to be as big as the values that define America.” —Hillary


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