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Virginia Lawmakers Approve Bill Providing Jobless Benefits for Military Spouses

  • March 11, 2014
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The Virginia General Assembly approved legislation last week granting unemployment benefits to military spouses forced to leave their jobs after their spouse is reassigned. “It means that an individual whose spouse has orders to transfer someplace else doesn’t have to feel as though, ‘OK, I have a choice to stay with my family or keep my job,’” Sen. Mamie Locke (D) told the Virginian-Pilot. “They can feel more comfortable in making that transfer knowing that until they find a job in their new location, they will be able to qualify for unemployment benefits …

Spouse Support Program Now Aimed at Easing Military Families’ Transition

  • February 12, 2014
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As the size of the military continues to shrink following the drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department has begun to use the spouse employment program as a tool to help service members and their families transition out of the military rather than emphasizing the program’s goal of retaining mid-career personnel. “We really believe that if the spouse has an opportunity for career advancement and job opportunities, they will be the glue to support the transition of our service members back into the civilian community,” said Barbara Thompson, a DOD military family official …

Military Spouses Face Economic Disadvantages in Workforce, Study Concludes

  • February 12, 2014
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Military spouses face a substantial disadvantage compared to their civilian counterparts in employment, income and career advancement, according to a study released Wednesday. The study, conducted by Military Officers Association of America and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), found that 90 percent of responding active-duty female spouses reported being underemployed, meaning they possess more formal education or experience than needed at their current or most recent position. About 95 percent of active military spouses are female …

OPM Proposes Relaxing Restriction for Military Spouses to Gain Federal Tenure

  • January 15, 2014
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Breaks in federal service would not disqualify employees, including military spouses, from attaining career tenure in the government, under a recent proposal from the Office of Personnel Management. The proposed rule, published last week, would eliminate the existing requirement that federal employees work three years in “substantially continuous” service to qualify for tenure, which provides job security along with other benefits …

DOD Spouse Employment Initiative Adds New Partners

  • November 6, 2013
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Sixty new companies joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) in a Pentagon ceremony Tuesday, demonstrating corporate America’s commitment to military families. “Thanks to MSEP’s efforts, these companies now understand and are hiring from the most savvy, caring, dependable, well-educated group of people you can — a military spouse,” said Betty Welsh, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Welsh said “the game has changed” in recent years in terms of credentialing, training and promotion opportunities for spouses, reported American Forces Press Service. “Behind every great airman, soldier, sailor, Marine and Coast Guardsman is a spouse and a family that serves too, and they bring value to our workplace and to our nation,” she said.

Study: Military Family Support Programs Flawed

  • October 28, 2013
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Many of DOD’s support programs for military families have never been evaluated for efficiency or effectiveness, according to a new article from The Future of Children, a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution…

Survey Launched to Help Address Causes of Spouse Unemployment

  • September 23, 2013
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In an effort to better understand the factors making it difficult for military spouses to find jobs, the Military Officers Association of America and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) last week launched a military spouse employment survey. The study will focus on the employment pattern of all military spouses — including National Guard and Reserve, veteran and surviving spouses — especially related to their long-term career trajectories …

Network Extends Reach of Military Spouse Career Programs

  • September 8, 2013
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The Spouse Ambassador Network, DOD’s newest initiative to support the employment of military spouses, will expand available opportunities for spouses by combining the efforts of an array of military support organizations and 200 partnering companies, according to a defense official. The ambassador program, “a network of networks,” will prepare military spouses for careers through the efforts of organization such as the Military Officers Association of America, the National Military Family Association, Blue Star Families and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce …

Spouse Employment Reaches Hiring Milestone Two Years Early

  • August 5, 2013
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The challenge to employers to hire 50,000 military spouses led by the White House and Defense Department reached its goal more than two years early last week, Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told members of DOD’s Military Family Readiness Council on Monday. The effort was promoted through the Military Spouse Employment Partnership — part of DOD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program — a group of more than 180 employers that pledged to recruit military spouses …

New Alabama Law Allows Communities to Better Support Installations

  • July 1, 2013
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Cities and counties in Alabama will be able to provide buildings and other facilities to neighboring military installations, under a new law taking effect Monday. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) said the law, sponsored by state Sen. Arthur Orr (R), is intended to make the state more attractive for military expansion in a future BRAC round, reported the Gadsden Times. “Anything we can do to strengthen our position in Alabama, we are going to do,” the governor said …

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