“Listening and Learning – What We Learned About Military Spouse Challenges During a Listening Tour of Washington State Military Installations"
Military spouses endure frequent career disruptions due to regularly mandated moves, known as permanent changes of station (PCS). The resulting chronic unemployment and underemployment is an affront to the dignity of military families, creates a national security risk by impacting military recruitment and retention, and generates economic distress in communities supporting low-income military families. In response, the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) have worked with the state military installations and other partners to expand and improve military spouse employment services. Efforts have been four-pronged, including: (1) co-locating and coordinating installation and state spouse employment programs; (2) coordinating warm handoffs of PCSing spouses with Military OneSource and other national American Job Centers (AJCs); (3) signing a comprehensive executive order on military family support; and (4) conducting a military spouse listening tour.
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(*) Denotes the individual is currently serving or is a Veteran of the United States military.
(^) Denotes the individual is a military spouse.
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