Featured artwork by Courtney Chauvin.

Three weeks ago, we informed you about a coordinated passionate effort by the National Military Spouse Network to “Storm the Hilll” (as in Capitol Hill). Military spouses everywhere called upon Congress to reduce employment barriers faced by the husbands and wives of America’s soldiers. (See WOTC for Military Spouses – Encouragement for Unsung Heroes).

One of the group’s goals is to expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program to include military spouses as a target group. Their efforts are being rewarded.

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The letter begins in traditional fashion.

Dear Colleague:

We write to ask you to cosponsor H.R. 2213 to permanently extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). After receiving a five-year extension as part of the PATH Act in 2015, WOTC is scheduled to expire at the end of this year.

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This month, the National Military Spouse Network (NMSN) is mobilizing military spouses globally to “Storm the Hill” (as in Capitol Hill). Their message? Congress must take action to reduce employment barriers faced by the husbands and wives of America’s soldiers.

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Imagine you’re almost 30, out of the military for a few years and are raising your first child. You’ve bounced around between a variety of jobs and have now decided it’s time for college. You need that formal education to fill in the gaps from your military training and to set a course for your civilian career.

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