JACKSONVILLE N.C. (WNCT) -Top officials from the Trump Administration were aboard Camp Lejeune on Tuesday.
Senior adviser Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway joined a panel with military spouse Jennifer Korn, special assistant to the president, on the issues spouses face finding employment.
It’s a unique challenge, and a big one. According to Hiring Our Heroes, 16 percent of spouses are unemployed; four times the civilian woman unemployment average.
“With the frequency of moves, the cost of licensure and the differing requirements across the states we need to create uniformity,” Ivanka Trump said. “We are working very closely with Secretary Acosta to work with the governors of the state to create compacts.”
It’s an issue that hit home with spouse Danielle Sullivan.
“I did start off in the mental health field and licensure issues from state to state have been quite crippling in many ways,” Sullivan said. “So I decided to change course and go into PR.”
Ivanka Trump says the administration is working to expand child care tax credits, as well as paid family leave. She also touted the benefits of a gig economy.
“Military families and military spouses are great examples of entrepreneurs,” Trump said. “And it gives them the flexibility to be able to work on their time schedule.”
Spouses attending the three-day long summit will receive tips on their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and interviews.
Both Trump and Conway also spent time with Marines who recently returned from deployment.