Michelle Obama plans to attend signing ceremony this week for Md. veterans bill


First lady Michelle Obama, center, poses for a photo with U.S. Army Staff Sergeants Keisha Whitmore, left, and Tyeir Pritchard-Davis after Obama announced an initiative for more research on veterans medical care during a visit at Virginia Commonwealth University, Jan. 11, 2012, in Richmond, Va. (P. Kevin Morley/AP)

First lady Michelle Obama plans to attend a bill signing ceremony for legislation benefiting military veterans this week at the Maryland State House, the White House announced Monday.

Obama will join Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Wednesday in Annapolis, where he plans to sign the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013. The Maryland bill aims to speed up the process for military personnel and veterans seeking more than 70 credentials and licenses needed for civilian jobs.

The first lady sought to make the issue a national priority during a February appearance at a meeting of the National Governors Association. The Maryland General Assembly passed a statewide bill sponsored by O’Malley in the 90-day legislative session that ended last week.

While in Annapolis, Obama also plans to visit the United States Naval Academy, the White House said.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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