Second lady discusses employment challenges with military spouses in Japan
TOKYO – Federal agencies are looking at ways for more military spouses to do government jobs from home, second lady Karen Pence told a group of servicemembers’ husbands and wives in the Japanese capital Tuesday.
Vice President Mike Pence’s wife – who is accompanying her husband on a tour that will include the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, summit this weekend in Papua New Guinea – met with a few dozen of the more than 16,000 Japan-based U.S. military spouses at the home of Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty.
Standing in a room where Gen. Douglas MacArthur and former Japanese Emperor Hirohito once met after World War II, Karen Pence told the spouses they play a significant role in the defense of their nation.
“The strength of our country doesn’t just depend on the people in uniform who fight to protect our freedom,” she said. “The spouses and families who serve alongside them also make sacrifices.”
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