Ivanka Trump, Conway visit Camp LeJeune to talk about challenges of working moms

Ivanka Trump, advisor to the President, and Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, attend a Hiring our Heroes’ Military Spouse Program Event, Marston Pavilion, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 3, 2017. Trump and Conway visited Camp Lejeune to thank the recently-deployed service members and take part in a spouse transition summit panel discussion with Camp Lejeune military spouses to learn more about the career challenges they face. Photos courtesy of Lance Cpl. Austin Livingston

CAMP LEJEUNE – Ivanka Trump and Kellyanne Conway visited Camp LeJeune Tuesday to discuss the unique struggles military spouses face in the workforce, ways in which the Trump Administration can help make improvements, and the difficulty of child care for working mothers.

Trump and Conway’s visit was part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program which included the duo co-hosting a military spouse symposium on the base. Trump, advisor to the President, Conway, counselor to the President, and Jennifer Korn, special assistant to the President and White House Deputy Director for the Office of Public Liaison, led the conversation with military spouses.

Trump and Conway greeted active duty Marines and military spouses and restated the Trump administration’s commitment to employment policies that will support careers in the 21st century.

“The Trump administration is committed to preparing the workforce of the future for the work of the future,” said Trump.

Launched in 2011, Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 1,100 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and on military installations overseas; a suite of free online career-based resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

The officials engaged in a conversation with military spouses, diving deeper into the career challenges they face and discussing opportunities for improvement. The panel took questions from the audience addressing a range of issues including college credit transfers for military spouses, business tax credits for promoting military spouse hiring, and child care capacity on military installations.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

“Our military spouse team works hard each and every day to find innovative solutions to the challenges faced by military spouses as they search for meaningful careers. The White House has shown a strong commitment to that mission, and we look forward to the impact of our collective efforts,” said Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of Hiring Our Heroes.