The Military Spouse: The Unsung Hero for Our Service Men and Women

Feb 27, 2017

Military spouses face a multitude of life issues while being married to a member of the Armed Services. They handle everything on the home front; from maintaining emotional stability in the family, to being in charge of managing the family budget and handling monthly finances. Overall, military spouses take care of many daily demands while their significant others serve overseas on deployment.

The Purple Heart Foundation would like to recognize these individuals for their significant leadership and support role in the military community. Military spouses deserve recognition for their achievements. It is important to acknowledge the support necessary for helping them further their education and careers.

Applied Knowledge is Power

Furthering their education helps military spouses with career advancements and to help them lead as stronger example for their families. For military spouses who live near or on Fort Bragg, new opportunities can knock on their front door.    

On Saturday, Feb. 10, 2017, the inaugural Fort Bragg Military Spouse Business & Career Dream Conference was held in Fayetteville, N.C.

The purpose of the conference was to provide an interactive showcase of different military spouses who are successful business owners and career-minded people, who wanted to share their stories about what they learned through their experiences of pursuing their dreams while also managing family life. Other military bases are taking notice of this type of opportunity.

Fort Bliss in Texas held a semi annualHiring Fair on Friday, Feb. 9, 2017. The event provided a free, convenient opportunity for military spouses and active duty members on base to learn more about meaningful work from more than 60 different employers. Unemployment is an issue, and has been previously cited as an issue, in the military spouse community.

From a February 2017Washington Times article,“The military spouse community faces unemployment rates of up to four times the rate of veterans.”  It is imperative that military spouses seek help and advice for overcoming unemployment issues while advancing their careers.

To overcome these unemployment challenges, military spouses can gain an advantage by earning a new Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree online while still managing their lifestyle and receiving financial support. The ability to pursue an online degree provides flexibility for those traveling with their families during multiple deployments, in addition to running a family life at home.  

 

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Several online education opportunities and financial assistance are available for military spouses who are looking to further their education. Below is a list of online universities that are military friendly for military spouses and their families. There are many more military-friendly universities and colleges to choose from, however, the following are examples of military-friendly higher education institutions:

 

On the road to completing an education, a military spouse must decide which job occupation to pursue. Maintaining a career as a military spouse can be difficult because of constant moves due to deployments. Therefore, it is imperative to search for an occupation which best suits the ever-changing lifestyle of a military spouse. Below is a list of possible job occupations:

  • Computer Support Specialist

  • Applied Behavior Analysts

  • Registered Nurse

  • Graphic Designer

  • Pharmacist

  • Family Therapist

  • Physical Therapist

  • Special Education Teacher

  • IT Programmer

 

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Technical Skills and Assets

Military spouses possess a mastery skill of online networking, which can be beneficial long-term during the process of finding new job opportunities. Spouses can also check local chambers of commerce, spouse clubs, and volunteer-run organizations for more opportunities.

There are other qualities, besides networking, that make military spouses great job candidates, such as being versatile and capable of working with diverse groups of people. Their strong retention rate and sense of loyalty can also make military spouses desirable job candidates for employers.

In addition to pursuing a higher education degree online, and starting or advancing in a new career, military spouses will find that joining different military family community groups helps to keep them plugged in with great people, information and advice that will move him or her forward.

Some tips to keep military spouses focused during unemployment periods include identifying transferrable skill sets and highlighting those skill sets on their resume. It is important to stay focused, and have long-term vision for acquiring the right career path that he or she desires. Military spouses should volunteer with a local club or organization which is relevant to his or her career goals, and explore interests in hobbies and potential new business opportunities.

A Salute to Military Spouses

In salute to all military spouses in pursuit of a higher education and advancing careers, the Purple Heart Foundation offers The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Scholarship Program. Two of the four qualifications for the Program are:

-          Spouses or surviving spouses of a Purple Heart recipient and member of the MOPH.

-          The spouse, surviving spouse or direct lineal descendant of a service member killed-in-action or who died of wounds.

Thank you to all military spouses and their families for their loyalty and support.  

Support for our nation’s heroes and their families can be made today with a one-time or monthly donation to The Purple Heart Foundation. Nearly 90 percent of all donations are tax-deductible and go to support programs and services like these that benefit all of our veterans, their descendants, surviving spouses and orphans.



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