Spouse Employment Reaches Hiring Milestone Two Years Early

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, reported American Forces Press Service.

“These achievements would not have been possible without a community of partners, and I really do want to give a shout-out for the strong advocacy … of the first lady, Michelle Obama, and Dr. Jill Biden,” Wright said. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership has been a signature initiative of Joining Forces, the effort spearheaded by Obama and Biden to mobilize support from across the nation to help find work for service members, families and veterans.

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