• DOD Overhauls Program to Aid Spouse Transition0

    The Defense Department’s overhauled transition program for military spouses will be available beginning this fall, according to a senior official. The program, which will be available for in-person training and online, focuses on three life stages — new spouses, spouses with mid-career service members and those already in transition, Eddy Mentzer, associate director of DOD’s office of military and family policy, told Military.com. The changes primarily reflect how the information will be delivered to spouses rather than new content. The component geared to new spouses will be rolled out first to give families a head start entering the civilian world …

  • Cost of Military Spouse Unemployment, Underemployment Mounts0

    High rates of unemployment, underemployment and reduced labor force participation among military spouses are costing the nation between $710 million and $1.1 billion a year, according to a new report from Blue Star Families.
    The study calculated the cost of lost federal income tax, unemployment benefits, and costs for health care issues related to unemployment and underemployment. The lost income taxes that spouses would have paid represented the largest component of the economic impact, ranging from $578 million to $763 million …

  • Georgia Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Ease Plight of Transitioning Personnel, Spouses

    Georgia Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Ease Plight of Transitioning Personnel, Spouses0

    The Georgia Legislature approved multiple bills benefitting military families and transitioning service members during the session that closed last week. On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to expedite the process for military spouses to transfer professional licenses from other states, sending the measure to Gov. Nathan Deal (R). The Military Spouses and Veterans Licensure Act, House Bill 821, would require all state licensure boards to adopt a process permitting military spouses and transitioning service members moving to Georgia to qualify for temporary occupational licenses, licenses by endorsement or expedited licenses that would allow them to enter Georgia’s workforce …

  • Military Spouses Face Uphill Battle in Finding Employment0

    The challenge of needing to find a new job every few years is a significant burden for military spouses, but there are strategies that can make their plight easier. To avoid extended gaps in their employment history, spouses should consider taking advantage of volunteering opportunities, said Shonte Gonzalez, an Airmen and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist who counsels spouses at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “It’s not paid, but it’s a job,” Gonzalez told the Dayton Daily News. “Their gaps in employment are probably one of the biggest things that are stressful to them …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …