VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES
Elizabeth believes that honoring veterans begins with helping military families build wealth before they transition out of service and join the civilian world. The unemployment rate for military spouses is about five times the national average, with military spouses earning on average 27 percent less than their civilian counterparts, amounting to a loss of more than $10,000 each year for military families. That’s why:
Elizabeth introduced a resolution through her work with the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators that outlines comprehensive economic reforms for military families. The resolution was unanimously ratified by and serves as a national model for the group.
Elizabeth introduced and passed a bill that requires the Board of Nursing to expedite licensure and certification applications from military spouses who are licensed or certified in another state.
In the next legislative session, Elizabeth will introduce a measure to ensure military families who have resided in Virginia for more than two years can access in-state tuition. Caring about our veterans starts with helping military families build wealth before they transition out of the service and join the civilian world.”