Karen Pence wants to help ease burden for military spouses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Being married to the vice president has its privileges.

Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen Pence, says one is that “now people take my phone calls.”

She is using her new cachet these days to call around on behalf of military spouses. She wants to be their voice and help them overcome the challenges that come with being wed to an active-duty service member.

One such issue is getting states to accept out-of-state professional licenses instead of making military spouses get new licenses every time they have to relocate.

Mrs. Pence says the issue can affect military readiness. She plans to address it in a speech Thursday at Fort Carson, Colorado, that will mark the beginning of a campaign to elevate, encourage and thank military spouses.

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