Here are 7 employment resources for military spouses on the move
As many military families are on the move this summer, here’s a reminder for spouses to take advantage of free benefits offered to help with their job search, as well as some ongoing and new efforts in the private sector to increase employment opportunities. Take note below of a job fair at Fort Belvoir, Va., on June 5 sponsored by the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program, where information about a new fellowship program for military spouses in the hospitality industry will be available, among many other job opportunities.
While the program will be helpful to mobile military spouses, it’s helped the Tidmore family in a different way. Katie Tidmore, who was the first hire last December through Walmart’s new program, is a customer service manager in Arab, Ala. Her husband left the Army recently after 10 years — four years as a reservist and six years on active duty, including two tours to Afghanistan. Even though he still has his civilian job, she said, her new job helped in his transition out of the Reserves. “I feel like he had a lot of pressure lifted off of him. I feel like he didn’t have to worry as much about certain finances when I got a job. He didn’t feel like everything was on him anymore. It relieved a little bit of stress for him, and that’s always good,” said Tidmore, 26.
She’s had difficulty finding steady or consistent work before. “But it’s not as much about finances to me as it is for someone to give me an opportunity to work and try to pursue a career professionally. It just means a lot.”
Walmart also just donated $1 million to Hire Heroes USA, part of which will go to that nonprofit’s Serving Spouses, a career coaching program tailored specifically for military spouses.