Second Lady, Karen Pence took the stage at NAS Lemoore on Wednesday.
She talked about employment solutions as she addressed a crowd of military spouses. Mrs. Pence launched a campaign last fall to encourage military spouses. The unemployment rate for these spouses stands at 24%, according to the Department of Defense.
“We see you, we thank you and we stand with you,” said Second Lady, Karen Pence.
“It was actually quite emotional just because we don’t always get that recognition,” said Military Spouse, Joan Price.
Mrs. Pence is a proud Blue Star mom of a Marine. She’s the daughter of an AirForce airman and her father in law served in the U.S. Army.
“Military families hold a special place in my heart,” Mrs. Pence said.
Joan Price owns a small business in Hanford and most of her staff are military spouses.
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“All of these issues she was bringing to light just kind of struck home,” Price explained.
“You military spouses do so much for our nation,” Mrs Pence said.
She said that last year, President Trump signed an executive order to enhance opportunities for military spouses looking for employment in the federal government. She added that that Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership has so far, hired 130,000 spouses.
Mrs. Pence’s recognition of the men and women did not go unnoticed.
“It was just a great experience for the military spouses to gather together and hear her supportive words of us and what we do,” said Carile McCoy, Wife of NAS Lemoore Commodore.
Mrs. Pence gave them each a bracelet or a coin and they also posed for a photo, rounding out an afternoon of appreciation and encouragement in Strike Fighter Community.
Mrs. Pence also said that her daughter is dating a Super Hornet Pilot and he could end up stationed at NAS Lemoore.