NewsCovering Colorado


Karen Pence visits Fort Carson, thanks military spouses

Posted at 10:06 AM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 21:02:47-04

FORT CARSON –  Second Lady Karen Pence recognized military spouses and hand out comfort kits to military children during a visit to Fort Carson Thursday afternoon.

“You experience frequent moves, that’s nothing new for me to tell you, job changes, periods of being a single parent while your loved one is deployed,” Pence said in her speech.

She also spread the word on what the Trump administration is doing to help these families’ overcome issues they face with re-locating, such as finding steady jobs.

One of those initiatives is a coalition of 15 companies and organizations to hire 100,000 military spouses in the next three years.

“Employ military spouses, it’s the right thing to do,” Pence told the crowd.

Another resource available is the reimbursal of up to $500 for spouses who have to get professionally re-licensed or certified when they relocate to another state.

“Being able to have that reimbursed, especially knowing that I’m going to have to fork out that $500 everytime I move, that is huge,” said military spouse Kamili Edwards.

Following the speech, Pence wrapped up her visit by handing out comfort kits to military children.
Each kit includes an animated DVD to “let kids know they aren’t alone,” a journal, a teddy bear and a guidebook.

Pence assembled those 500 care packages with the help of the Congressional Club and the Comfort Crew for Military Kids.

“We packed the kits with care and respect for the sacrifices military families make every day,” Pence said in a White House press release.