Military spouses look for employment at Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair

POSTED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 3:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:55am

FORT HOOD -- Being a military spouse is a tough enough job.

"It's difficult," said Luciana Herman, military spouse.

But sometimes finding employment is even harder.

"Once they heard military spouse it was almost like a negative flag, like you were going to be leaving," said Kelsey Harris, military spouse.

But that's not how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hiring Our Heroes sponsors see it because they believe military involvement is a good thing.

"All the problem solving and all the resilience that spouses develop over the years of service, we've had a great experience in the past with spouses and veterans," said Darin Cline, senior operations director for Capital One. 

"They volunteer three times the national average, 85 percent of them have some college, they're immensely civic--civically engaged. They get involved in their local schools, churches and charities, so they make great employees," said Laura Dempsey, director of Military Spouse Employment Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

"The element of surprise never really gets to us because we move so often. So we're pretty good at adapting and overcoming pretty much anything," said Herman.

Military spouses currently have a 26 percent unemployment rate and as more people return from overseas finding a job now is critical.

"We have a million veterans that are going to be transferring out of service in the next year and if they don't have a job, their spouses better have a job or they're going to have a really rough time ahead," said Dempsey.

"There's limited positions with so many qualified candidates out there that are really wanting a job bad so it's pretty tough," said Harris.

But on the bright side the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One have announced a new initiative to hiring 500,000 vets over the next three years.


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