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As VP Pence visits a Lemoore farm, his wife will talk to Navy spouses

Karen Pence, wife of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, talks to military spouses in May 2019 at a Military Spouse of the Year event in Arlington, Virginia. She will be discussing employment for military spouses on July 10, 2019, at Lemoore Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California.
Karen Pence, wife of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, talks to military spouses in May 2019 at a Military Spouse of the Year event in Arlington, Virginia. She will be discussing employment for military spouses on July 10, 2019, at Lemoore Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California. Second Lady Karen Pence's Twitter feed (@SecondLady)

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, will be addressing military spouses at Lemoore Naval Air Station on Wednesday, the same day that her husband will be talking about trade at a Lemoore farm.

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Second Lady Mrs. Karen Pence Official Portrait session Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (Official White House Photo by Amy Rossetti) Amy Rossetti White House

Karen Pence is scheduled to talk at 12:30 p.m. at the Lemoore base, home to the U.S. Navy’s West Coast-based squadrons of strike fighter jets including the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter. She will discuss employment opportunities for military spouses, a cause for which she launched an awareness campaign last year.

In its announcement of the visit, the Second Lady’s office said the Department of Defense estimated the unemployment rate at 24 percent for military spouses.

“Military spouse employment is a very important aspect of a strong and resilient military family,” Pence said in a written statement. “If spouses aren’t happy, then service members will leave the military sooner, and we don’t want that to happen.”

Pence’s visit to the Navy base coincides with the vice president’s visit to the Valley on Wednesday. He will be at a panel discussion on U.S-Mexico-Canada trade at the farm of Doug and Julie Freitas; he’s also going to be the featured speaker at a Republican Party fundraising luncheon at the Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant in Coalinga.

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Lifelong Valley resident Tim Sheehan has worked in the Valley as a reporter and editor since 1986, and has been at The Fresno Bee since 1998. He is currently The Bee’s data reporter and covers California’s high-speed rail project and other transportation issues. He grew up in Madera, has a journalism degree from Fresno State and a master’s degree in leadership studies from Fresno Pacific University.
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