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VA’s national cemeteries to host Memorial Day ceremonies

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) will host Memorial Day ceremonies from May 25 to May 27 to commemorate the nation’s fallen service members.

“At VA, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice by providing them with a perpetual memorial in our national cemeteries,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “And we also care for their survivors, whether during war or peacetime. It is a profound and personal commitment for every one of us at VA.”

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Air Force to pay up to $500 for spouse occupational license transfer during PCS

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

The Air Force announced the spouse relicensure reimbursement program, May 15, which would provide financial relief up to $500 to Airmen whose spouses must obtain state occupational relicensures or recertifications during a permanent change of station or assignment across state lines.

The Air Force will reimburse qualifying relicensure and recertification fees incurred during PCS/PCAs authenticated on or after Dec. 12, 2017.

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Service secretaries tackle employment challenges for overseas spouses

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

All three military service secretaries signed a memorandum today to jointly explore how military spouses can find employment and sustain careers at overseas bases.

“Military service is a team sport that begins with the family," said Secretary of the Army Mark Esper. “Helping our spouses pursue their careers while they support their service members is not only the right thing to do, it improves the readiness of the force and our retention of top talent.”

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New initiatives to cut cost, time for spouses to continue careers

By Sean Kimmons, Army News Service

The Army recently issued a directive to reduce the financial burden for spouses who wish to continue their professional careers after they move to a new duty station. 

The policy allows spouses to be reimbursed up to $500 for qualified relicensing costs that result from a permanent change of station or assignment to a different state.

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Military leaders meet with privatized housing company executives

By U.S. Army Public Affairs

Senior leaders of the U.S. military, including Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, met today with senior executives from nine private companies that manage housing on U.S. military installations. During the meeting, the secretaries presented the executives a proposed Tenant Bill of Rights and discussed modifications to incentive-fee agreements, the implementation of apps and online tools to improve property-management oversight and work-order processing, and the creation of a privatized-housing lease agreement that would be uniform across all departments and portfolios.

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