• States Move to Ease Transition for Military Spouses

    States Move to Ease Transition for Military Spouses0

    All 50 states have taken action to ease the requirements for military spouses to gain professional licenses or credentials needed to continue their careers after moving, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, announced on Saturday. The achievement comes five years after the first lady and Biden urged the nation’s governors to streamline state licensing requirements for the military community as part of the Joining Forces initiative the two launched. At the time, just three states accepted licenses from other states, according to a White House fact sheet. By 2012, nearly half of all states had begun to address the barriers facing military spouses seeking employment …

  • 300 Employers Now Partner with DOD’s Military Spouse Initiative

    300 Employers Now Partner with DOD’s Military Spouse Initiative0

    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 …

  • Employers Have Embraced Veterans’ Leadership Skills, DOD Official Says

    Employers Have Embraced Veterans’ Leadership Skills, DOD Official Says0

    The unemployment rate for veterans fell to an eight-year low in October, an achievement a senior DOD official attributed to an improving economy, the rising number of corporate campaigns to hire veterans and a greater appreciation among employers for the professional attributes ingrained in service members. The veteran unemployment rate stood at 3.9 percent in October, while nonveteran unemployment was 5.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even more impressive were the employment gains by veterans who served after 9/11 — their unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, essentially the same as the rate for nonveterans. The philosophy behind hiring veterans has evolved from the “right thing to do” to “the smart thing to do,” said Susan Kelly, director of the Pentagon’s Transition to Veterans Program Office …

  • Joining Forces Receives Industry Pledge to Hire, Train 90,000 Veterans, Spouses0

    A group of technology and energy companies have committed to hire or train 90,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years, First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week during an event marking the fourth anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative. When the effort to raise awareness among all Americans about the service, sacrifice and needs of military families initially was launched, President Obama challenged the private sector to hire 100,000 veterans and spouses. Now, less than four years later, “America’s businesses have continued to race past my husband’s initial goal, and together, those businesses who answered the president’s call have hired or trained more than 850,000 veterans and military spouses,” the first lady said …

  • White House Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness Gains Momentum0

    A White House challenge to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 has now been taken up by leaders in 182 communities across the nation, with 100 local officials signing on since June. First Lady Michelle Obama applauded the effort last week as she noted that the more than 58,000 homeless American veterans represent a “stain on the soul of this nation …

  • UAB Health System Initiative to Identify Veterans, Improve Care0

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System, in partnership with Joining Forces, has launched an initiative for providers to identify whether their patients are veterans. The “Have you ever served in the military?” campaign is intended to improve health care by helping providers obtain a military health history which will allow clinicians to consider unique exposures and concerns of veterans. “By recognizing our servicemen and women, we can improve their quality of life and overall health outcomes …