VA joins career program for military spouses

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced that it has joined a career program that connects military spouses to nearly 400 different employers.

The Board of Veterans’ Appeals said it has joined the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which has more than 390 affiliated employers who recruit, hire and promote military spouses.

“By developing skills, knowledge, and abilities that can be used in high-demand industry sectors, military spouses – especially those who face frequent relocations – can achieve employment continuity and increased opportunities for upward career mobility,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, said in a news release.

The MSEP is part of the DOD’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, which provides education, career guidance, coaching, licensing and a range of tools aimed at reducing the unemployment rate among experienced by military spouses.

“BVA is committed to delivering better services to veterans and their families, and we understand that military spouses offer unique perspectives that can help us deliver on our promise to care for Veterans.”

Reader comments

Tue, Nov 13, 2018

Does this also include the Priority Placement Program in which DOD has for its employees? Is this something Va will also implement for their military spouse employees?

Mon, Nov 5, 2018

Until that commitment to the spouse includes allowing the spouse to KEEP the job they were hired for, this is nothing but lip service. I am an 1102, Contracting Officer, which is a very undermanned. I had to fight and receive permission from the head of the agency to be able to PCS with my spouse and retain my current job with the caveat that I had to return to my home office after three years or be terminated. I was lucky in this regard because my spouse is retiring; I would be jobless, again, if my spouse would have continued. It still came down to the active duty’s career or my career. It is unbelievable how many 1102s and JDs I have run across in the same situation. They chose the active duty’s career over theirs (as I did for at least a decade). They get hired and trained in this program, PCS, and cannot get a job even though these two career fields are severely undermanned. I live on the east coast and do jobs for the west coast; you do not need to be on location to retain these jobs. I cannot speak for other jobs but it was difficult to retain my 1102 job with or without this special program.

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