• DOD Working Group Grapples with Constraints on Spouse Businesses Operated On-Base0

    Pentagon officials have formed a working group to consider ways to loosen restrictions preventing military spouses from operating a broad range of businesses out of on-base housing. The primary barrier limiting spouses’ entrepreneurial options is the requirement that an installation’s morale, welfare and recreation services and local exchanges review prospective businesses that would operate out of any government-owned buildings, including on-base housing. If a business would conflict with any of those organizations, the application likely would be denied …

  • Military Families Require Strong Community Support, Survey Shows

    Military Families Require Strong Community Support, Survey Shows0

    A survey released this week by Blue Star Families underscored rising concerns about financial security experienced by military families stemming from the difficulty encountered by military spouses searching for employment, cuts in military benefits and uncertainty about the impact of force reductions. There’s a theme of “eyes on the exits,” said Cristin Orr Shiffer, deputy director of research and policy for the nonprofit Blue Star Families, which has been producing its annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey for six years. “There are a lot of conversations around the dinner table about whether to stay in or get out …