10:28 AM EDT, April 25, 2013
A bipartisan group of lawmakers that includes Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, want military spouses to get a tax credit if they have to renew or transfer a professional license due to a change-of-station transfer.
Others lining up behind the Military Spouses Job Continuity Act are Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.; Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa.
Because of the frequency of change-of-station orders, military spouses already face limited career choices, the group said. The legislation would offer a tax credit of up to $500 when a military family moves across state lines.
It would be apply for renewing or transferring a professional license in a range of fields including child care, nursing and health servidces. It has the endorsement of the National Military Family Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the National Guard Association and the Military Spouse JD Network.
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