On this Thanksgiving, we are reminded of how much we have to be grateful for. It is with an attitude of gratitude that we pause to thank some very special people.
First, we thank all of the Veterans who have served this great nation for their sacrifice, patriotism, and selfless service. We know that freedom is not free.
We thank the husbands and wives, parents and children, sister and brothers who stand right beside our men and women in uniform who also make limitless sacrifices. We give a special thank you to those who care for our wounded, ill and injured.
Finally, we are very thankful that you are part of the MOAA Spouse Community. We are honored to serve you, our fellow spouses.
From our home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Yours In Service,
C.C and Karen
Christine C. “C.C.” Gallagher, an Army Spouse, serves as the Deputy Director, Spouse and Currently Serving Programs
Karen Golden, a Marine Spouse, serves as the Deputy Director, Government Relations (Military Family Issues)
On Tuesday, we attended the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia. At the event, over 200 military-friendly partner employers pledged to recruit, hire, promote, and retain military spouses. We were honored to participate and sit on a Military Spouse Employment Panel to discuss the challenges military spouses face when looking for employment and to discuss the benefits of working for an MSEP partner. Joining the panel discussion were spouses that work for Humana, Microsoft, and Volt as pictured below.
MSEP is a White House-sponsored Joining Forces initiative that is housed under the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program. This initiative seeks to ease the challenges of military life by helping spouses find and maintain rewarding careers despite frequent moves.
MOAA works very closely with MSEP to ensure that military spouses have career opportunities no matter where they live. As inaugural Military Spouse Ambassador Network members, MOAA is part of an even larger collective effort to support military spouse employment. The mission of the Ambassador network is to educate, empower, and mentor military spouses to encourage career fulfillment by promoting and sharing resources while facilitating effective relationships with local and national stakeholders.
To learn more about MSEP, create a profile on MSEP’s career portal.
Have you struggled with employment in this mobile lifestyle? Tell us your story! Leave us a comment or connect with us through our MOAA Spouse Facebook page or @MOAA_MilLife!