VA offering more job opportunities to military spouses

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced it is expanding the range of job opportunities the department makes for military spouses, across the VA.

The program—known as the Department of Defense (DOD) Military Spouse Employment Partnership—hooks up military spouses with hundreds of employers “who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable jobs,” according to a new VA announcement.

“Hiring and retaining military spouses is not only good for business, but the quality of life and financial stability of military families tie directly to the readiness and retention of the military forces,” Robert Wilkie, the Secretary of the VA, said. “VA is committed to delivering better services to Veterans and their families and military spouses possess the education, diversity, skills and unique perspectives that can help us deliver on our promise to care for Veterans.”

MSEP, joined since last year by the VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals, is working on expanded best practices in the area of hiring military spouses, by way of a military spouse working group.  The program is part of a wider MSEP is just one part of a wider DOD Spouse Education and Career Opportunities—or “SECO”—program. That program is pushing to cut the high unemployment rate endured by military spouses—currently at 24 percent. Military wives, specifically, also remain hampered by a 25 percent wage gap, according to the announcement.

SECO helps with education a range of assistance—from career guidance to “resources and tools related to career exploration to include education, training and licensing, employment readiness and career connections.” Contact Military OneSource—or phone directly 800-342-9647 to reach a career coach with the SECO program.

Reader comments

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Some preferences are unfair. I think this should be used overseas only. At home, too many other folks to consider.

Tue, Oct 29, 2019 L D Jamison Louisville KY

I'm not sure I could wholeheartedly endorse this spouse program. I was a civilian employee of the Armed Forces and had lots of reassignments but my spouse's career was stymied by the spouse preference. She eventually left the Air Force Academy for a job in a civilian agency and went right up in grade since there was no unfair spouse preference in the way of advancement.

Tue, Oct 29, 2019 Carl

That's a very high unemployment rate for military spouses. And I bet it's actually be a lot worse in some places.

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