First lady presses governors on veterans' jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is challenging governors to make it easier for military personnel to transfer their skills to civilian jobs as they return home from the service.

The first lady told governors meeting at the White House that the war may be ending, but "our responsibility to our troops and their families will really just be ramping up."

She said 1 million military personnel will be transitioning back to civilian life over the next few years.

Mrs. Obama urged states to pass legislation or take executive action by 2015 allowing veterans to receive professional credentials or licenses based on their experiences in the military. That would allow veterans to apply for jobs more quickly rather than having to take courses for skills they already have.

The first lady has previously called on states to help military spouses transfer their state-specific credentials when their families move due to changes in deployment. Seventeen states have passed such legislation over the past year, joining 11 states that already had laws on the books.

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APPHOTO WHCD107: First lady Michelle Obama, right, accompanied by Jill Biden, addresses the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (25 Feb 2013)

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