Karen Pence speaks to military spouses at Fort Carson

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence's wife says military spouses are the "backbone" of military families.

She announced Thursday during a speech at the Army's Fort Carson in Colorado that she wants to help make sure military spouses know where to get the support and services they need.

Mrs. Pence says a big issue spouses have told her about is getting a new professional license to continue in their careers every time they relocate, which can happen every few years.

She pointed out that spouses are now eligible to be reimbursed for relicensing costs under a new policy in a defense bill that President Donald Trump recently signed into law.

Mrs. Pence says she moved often because of her husband's job and understands "a little bit" what military spouses go through.