Military spouses

Aleta Nims has lived in Potsdam, N.Y. for a year. She's still working to get re-licensed as a mental health counselor.
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When military families move, the careers of service members' spouses may grind to a halt because they lack a professional license in their new state.

Liza Rodewald works from home and co-founded Hire Mad Skills, a job site that places military spouses in remote jobs.
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Military families move a lot, and that makes it hard for service members’ spouses to hold steady jobs. About half of military spouses are either unemployed or underemployed – and that can take a toll on their families, their earning power, and the economy.