• Spouse Employment Reaches Hiring Milestone Two Years Early0

    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 …

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  • Private Sector Push to Hire Veterans Eases Employment Outlook0

    The effort launched by the White House and adopted by corporate America to hire military veterans seems to be paying dividends, with service members entering the civilian workforce finding a much friendlier reception from potential employers. A slowly improving economy likely also is a factor in veterans’ enhanced employment prospects, but the public commitments by large employers to seek out veterans stand out, reports the Los Angeles Times …

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  • Hiring of Veterans, Military Spouses Far Exceeds Initiative’s Original Goals0

    U.S. employers have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses since the Joining Forces initiative was created two years ago, nearly tripling the program’s original goal, First Lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday. Businesses now are pledging to hire or train an additional 435,000 individuals over the next five years, Obama said. “We know that today is not the finish line …

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  • National Guard Initiative Extends Focus of ‘Joining Forces’0

    The National Guard has launched an effort in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service expanding the “Joining Forces” campaign to focus attention on identifying grassroots solutions at the community level to support veterans, service members and their families. “After 10 years of [continued operations] … all of the services — not just the National Guard — have been reaching out to communities to help solve community-based problems and bring solutions to our service members, families, and veterans,” said Army Brig. Gen. Marianne Watson, director of manpower and personnel at the National Guard Bureau …

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  • Press on with Efforts to Support Military Families, First Lady, Biden Tell Governors0

    Many states have heeded the call from First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, to eliminate hurdles to military spouses and veterans finding employment, but more states need to join the effort, the two told the nation’s governors on Monday. Biden said that 28 states have passed laws making it easier for spouses in fields such as teaching, nursing and social work to transfer their professional licenses when they relocate to another state because of a new military posting …

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  • ‘Joining Forces’ Initiative to Continue during New Term0

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden pledged to continue leading the Joining Forces initiative, which has generated a flood of support for military families and veterans, over the next four years. “There is growing appreciation, but I think there is still more work to do,” Obama told the Pentagon Channel, reported American Forces Press Service. “We want to keep shining that spotlight …

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