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Opening Doors for our Military Spouses

Summary: 
Dr. Jill Biden joins military spouses, corporate leaders and military officials to launch the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.
Our nation’s military spouses possess the hard work ethic, the skills, the education and the dedication that make them ideal employees in a competitive workforce.  However, they also face challenges and demands as they juggle households, children and jobs alongside frequent moves and deployments. Recognizing this challenge, one of the priorities of the Joining Forces initiative that the First Lady and Dr. Biden are leading is to develop career and educational opportunities for military spouses. Yesterday we took a major step forward in achieving that goal with the launch of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.
 
Dr. Jill Biden at Military Partnership

Dr. Jill Biden greets audience members at the Military Spouse Employment Partnership kick-off at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., June 29, 2011. The partnership promotes meaningful, long-term employment opportunities between America's employers and military spouses. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Dr. Biden was thrilled to join military spouses, corporate leaders and military officials at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to launch the program, which aims to promote meaningful and long-term opportunities between America’s employers and military spouses. As Dr. Biden said at the event, “Every day our military spouses are giving back to our country. While their loved ones are called to serve, they serve right alongside them. Now we must serve them as well as they serve us.”  She announced that we have over 70 companies and the U.S. Chamber involved in this partnership – and urged more organizations to join the effort, adding that “if you’re looking for hard-working, highly-skilled, and educated, dedicated employees… our military spouses are precisely the employees you need.”

Deborah Mullen at military partnership

Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses audience members at the Military Spouse Employment Partnership kickoff at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., June 29, 2011. The partnership helps promote meaningful, long-term employment opportunities between America's employers and military spouses. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley


There are many ways to join forces and step up in your community to support our military families and spouses – whether you are an employer, a teacher, a potential mentor or a member of a community organization. Let us know how you’re joining forces with us on facebook, or find ideas to get involved by visiting our website.