Executive order aims to help veterans, military spouses find jobs easier

New Mexico

Gov. Susana Martinez hopes to make it easier for veterans and military spouses to work in New Mexico.

Tuesday, she signed an executive order to help cut through the red tape that keeps many of them from getting the occupational licenses they need to work.

“It was a lot of paperwork,” said military spouse Johanna Freeman.

“I thought I already had my teaching license, why couldn’t I just do it somewhere else?” said military spouse Maria Demski. 

Gov. Martinez said the executive order is aimed at creating more job opportunities for military retirees and military spouses who already have occupational licenses, and are moving to New Mexico.

The order will make obtaining licenses less tedious, and eliminate outdated regulations.

Demski’s husband recently retired from the military. She said searching for teaching jobs when he would switch bases was discouraging.

“His first station was in South Carolina and so we moved there, and I looked into teaching and there were several other classes and certifications that I needed, and so I wasn’t even going to be a teacher after our first move,” said Demski.

She thinks more states should get on board to make it easier for military spouses to find jobs in their career field.

“I think it would be a whole lot easier to look forward to the next move when you didn’t have to think of all of the paperwork and all of the other things you were going to have to do switching state to state,” said Demski.

Freeman agrees.

“It just makes that transition that much easier, and being able to get out and meet people and do things and just kind of set down roots, even if they’re temporary,” said Freeman.

The order covers dozens of other professions including nursing, cosmetology, dentistry and real estate.

To read the executive order, click here.

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