A conservative military watchdog is pleased to see private corporations making an effort to deal with the high unemployment rate among military spouses.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), says it is something that has plagued military spouses for a long time. They will apply for a job but get turned down because their potential employer knows that as a military spouse, they may only be around for a year or two.
And as with civilian households, it is often difficult to live on one income, forcing undue hardship on military families.
"It is a concern," says Donnelly. "And when you think about it, people in the military are under orders; they have to move frequently. It's very difficult to tell a perspective employer, 'I will be here for the long term.' Questions get asked; opportunities are missed. This really makes it more difficult, and many leave the all-volunteer force for that reason."
So she is pleased that top U.S. businesses have launched the "Hiring 100,000 Military Spouses" campaign, which encourages the hiring of service members' husbands and wives.
"Here we see companies such as Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft, and others stepping up to help with this, to go out of their way to hire military spouses," Donnelly reports.
She believes this is a national security issue.
"The all-volunteer force is what defends this country," The CMR president points out. "National security depends on it, so this is not just an employment issue; this is national security as well, and certainly military spouses deserve all the support they can get."