CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It may soon be easier for military spouses to get jobs when they move to West Virginia.
A commission co-chaired by West Virginia first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin recommended Tuesday that state boards offer temporary licenses to military spouses who move to West Virginia and are licensed to work in another state.
Tomblin said that 35 percent of military spouses nationwide have jobs -- like teachers, nurses and accountants -- that require licensing.
The governor's Commission on Military Spousal Licensure recommended that state licensing boards give six-month licenses to military spouses, provided they have a valid license elsewhere, apply for a permanent West Virginia license and prove that they live or are stationed in West Virginia.
The changes would enable military spouses to start working in West Virginia within a month of applying for a license, the first lady said.
The commission also recommended that licensing boards waive application fees if a military spouse has paid a fee in another state within six months.
"It is our duty to do everything within our power to ensure that military spouses are supported in every way possible, Joanne Tomblin said. "Although they must still go through the normal process to obtain a permanent license, this potential solution would help them get to work faster so that they may earn a living with their families."
The commission, which was created in April, was also co-chaired by Amy Hoyer, the wife of Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard.
The commission recommended that each individual licensing board be allowed to conduct background checks and be given the authority to customize the process for their field.