Giving Military Spouses the Help They Deserve

By Mika Cross on February 15, 2017

At the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, we know that training veterans for skilled work or helping them prepare for their next interview enhances their ability to live the American dream. A steady, meaningful job provides security for both veterans and their families.

Providing support to military spouses is an equally important part of the department’s goal to expand opportunities for all U.S. workers. Like veterans and transitioning service members, military spouses deserve assistance to achieve their personal career goals.

Many of the programs we support are available for both veterans and their spouses—and below are a few highlights:

    Veterans, transitioning service members and military families can find free employment and training services at nearly 2,500 American Job Centers in local communities across the country. We also help maintain the National Labor Exchange, used in all 50 states and 3 territories (D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico) by tens of thousands of employers, with an average of 2.1 million daily job listings collected from corporate job listings, state job banks and the federal government’s USAJOBS.

    We lead a three-day DOL employment workshop, for transitioning service members and their spouses, as part of the Transition Assistance Program to prepare service members for things like resume writing, interview skills and salary negotiation. Our course curriculum is also available for free online and in a new eBook.

    We work with state and local employers to recognize the skills that veterans and military spouses bring to the workforce, and encourage them to recognize the credentials earned by military spouses. There’s no reason to have to start from scratch each time a military spouse crosses a state line due to their partner’s permanent change of station or deployments. We also help promote on-the job training opportunities like the registered apprenticeship program, which is a great pathway into high-growth industries.

We continue to engage employers about hiring veterans and military spouses. We also support national efforts, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program and the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Program. We recently co-led a free employment webinar with the Spouse Employment and Career Opportunities program specifically covering what is offered for military spouses.