DOD’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership program has now partnered with more than 300 employers, officials from the DOD Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Office said this week.
To date, partnership companies and organizations have hired more than 90,000 military spouses, according to a press release. The program, launched in June 2011 by Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, connects military spouses to partner organizations and companies who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. The initiative is intended to reduce the significant unemployment rate and wage gap experienced by military spouses.
“This is such an exciting and important milestone for the program and for the thousands of military spouses around the world who search for meaningful employment and career opportunities,” said Rosemary Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy.
The partnership includes corporations, small businesses and other organizations that post job openings on the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Career Portal, mentor military spouses and other employers, and provide employment data on military spouses hired.
“The talent of military spouses can strengthen the economy, military families, the Defense Department and the nation,” said Eddy Mentzer, associate director for DOD’s office of family readiness policy.