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First lady Michelle Obama praises midshipmen for their service at US Naval Academy

  • First lady Michelle Obama, top left, views a formation of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, April 17, 2013, with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, center, and Naval Academy Commandant Robert Clark. Mrs. Obama visited with midshipmen who will be affected by Maryland’s new Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013. The bill, passed by the Maryland General Assembly, creates an expedited licensing procedure for veterans and military spouses who hold professional licenses in other states. It also requires Maryland's public colleges and universities to develop policies to award academic credit for relevant military training and education. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The Associated Press

  • First lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Midshipman First Class Jenny Jones as they sit down for lunch at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Obama visited with midshipmen who will be affected by Maryland’s new Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013. The bill, passed by the Maryland General Assembly, creates an expedited licensing procedure for veterans and military spouses who hold professional licenses in other states. It also requires Maryland's public colleges and universities to develop policies to award academic credit for relevant military training and education. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The Associated Press

  • First lady Michelle Obama and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, back, tour an orthopedic room with midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Obama visited with midshipmen who will be affected by Maryland’s new Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013. The bill, passed by the Maryland General Assembly, creates an expedited licensing procedure for veterans and military spouses who hold professional licenses in other states. It also requires Maryland's public colleges and universities to develop policies to award academic credit for relevant military training and education. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The Associated Press

  • First lady Michelle Obama walks to her seat to have lunch with midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Pictured with Obama are Naval Academy commandant Robert Clark, center, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, back left. Obama visited with midshipmen who will be affected by Maryland’s new Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013. The bill, passed by the Maryland General Assembly, creates an expedited licensing procedure for veterans and military spouses who hold professional licenses in other states. It also requires Maryland's public colleges and universities to develop policies to award academic credit for relevant military training and education. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The Associated Press

First lady Michelle Obama is praising midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy for their service.

Obama told about 4,000 midshipmen Wednesday at the academy in Annapolis, Md., that she and President Barack Obama were working hard for them, just as they do for the country.

The first lady is scheduled to join Gov. Martin O'Malley as he signs the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 into law. The bill is designed to expedite the licensing procedure for veterans and military spouses who hold professional licenses in other states.

In February, the nation's governors were urged by the first lady to pass legislation that streamlines the process for service members and veterans to earn civilian credentials and licenses.

White House officials say 13 states have already complied.