Senior Airman Clayton Wear and Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs photojournalists, demonstrate their business side to highlight the Boots to Business course, April 3, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Boots to Business is one of the many courses that the Airman and Family Readiness Center offers to help Airmen and their spouses explore the possible options for their future career.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO–LACKLAND, Texas – Funds to help military spouses with relicense or recertify professional accreditations costs are now available through the Military and Family Readiness Center here.

The spouse reimbursement for relicensure and recertification program was introduced in May 2019 with the objective of supporting a military spouse’s career.

The program was championed by military spouses who found themselves in financial hardship from relocating frequently due to permanent change of stations throughout their service member’s career.

“The multiple PCSs can make it really challenging for their spouses to establish and maintain careers with a steady income,” said Amy Maness, 802nd Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant.

Relicensing or recertifications fees can vary from state to state, Maness added.

The new program eases some of that financial burden by reimbursing up to $500 for each qualifying PCS or permanent change of assignment.

Eligibility requirements include:

PCS/PCA orders on or after Dec. 12, 2017
PCSing/PCAing from a duty station in one state to another state
The move is not due to career intermission program, retirement or separation
Costs are incurred and paid after PCS/PCA orders are issued and within 24 months of PCS/PCA orders being certified
Some of the areas eligible for recertification or relicensing assistance include teaching, medical, dental and real estate. Every state has its own set of requirements that must be adhered to and recertification or relicensing can cost thousands of dollars.

“These relicensing updates can include exams, registrations and can mean more fees and costs,” Maness said. “The costs can add up very quickly and become a burden; especially if they’re taking more than one relicensure or recertification.”

The funds are just one of the many kinds of careers assistance available to military spouses at the M&RFC; all aimed at helping families sustain a healthy life during their service to our country.

To apply, call the M&RFC (210) 671-3722.

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