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Karen Pence walks on stage at Fort Campbell.
Karen Pence speaks at Fort Campbell.
Karen Pence shakes hands after visit to Fort Campbell.

FORT CAMPBELL (WSIL) -- Karen Pence was in Kentucky Friday visiting military spouses at Fort Campbell.

"The military service members are not the only ones who serve."

Second Lady, Karen Pence spoke at Fort Campbell to highlight the challenges that military families often face. Spouses in attendance said being a military spouse has its ups and downs.

"There's lots of positive, you know, great things about it, and it's also really hard," said Michelle Patterson.

Heather Beaty said, "It can be challenging with deployments, and sometimes with finding jobs, and always just you know, having to move, but it's a blessing."

Over a year ago, the Second Lady began an awareness campaign to encourage military spouses.

"But I said, just tell me one thing, if you can just tell me one thing that I can work on."

Her focus? Tackling military spouse employment challenges.

"The call to action from corporations, meeting with governors, and having the states change some of the licensing policies in effect, we're starting to see the action, and it's super exciting," said Patterson.

Pence added, "So I want you to know, that I'm encouraging states and territories to take immediate action to ensure that military spouses, who accompany their spouse on a permanent change of location are not adversely affected by occupational licensing regulations."

Those balancing the blessings and struggles of life in a military family say they appreciate Mrs. Pence and her efforts.

"Just to know that we have such a strong encouraging woman standing with us, and acknowledging how difficult it is for us, it means the world," said Beaty.

The Second Lady went on to praise some of the military spouse employment solutions that have already been put in place at Fort Campbell.

She plans to continue her campaign, advocating for military spouses.

John Ross

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