Continuing Military Week, the THERAPY-IV would like to write an entire article about the spouses of military servicemen and women. Their dedication and service is not on the rifle range or on the field of combat but they endure a variety of sacrifice.
Military Spouses face many problems while their significant others are on active duty. However, one problem permeates through many families and it is not the mental anguish of separation. Military Spouses are having trouble finding work. Here are some revealing statistics:
o 26% unemployment rate
o 25% wage gap between military spouses and non-military workers
o There are more than 700,000 active duty spouses
o 84% have some college education
o 77% report needing or wanting to work
o 38% are underemployed
These numbers are appalling. Military Spouses are not looking for a handout, they are not looking to be supported by government programs, they are looking for honest work. There are many reasons to hire a military spouse to work for you. Below are few great reasons:
o They are among the most educated
o They are extremely adaptable
o They are loyal and dependable
o They work very well under stressful conditions
o Military spouses tend to hold the same job for the entire time of their spouses assignment. This averages between 2-4 years compared to just over 1 year average turnover in the private sector.
It is our duty to support our troops in war time as well as peace time.
It is our duty to help the families of our servicemen, especially in wartime.
As we continue to honor the military this week, we hope we can inform people of ways they can help!