“They face concerns about their economic security and they face concerns about their isolation from the larger community, from family and friends, and everyday Americans,” Kathy Roth-Douquet, president and CEO of Blue Star Families, told Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola on this week’s In Focus. “By actively seeking to employ military spouses and train them in portable careers, we can help address that very difficult issue without impacting the federal government budget. And in terms of creating connections, Blue Star Families runs a number of programs to help connect Americans to the militaries in their community.
A year-long task force wants the Defense Department to change childcare, TRICARE and the “up or out” system.
The Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee is preparing its provisions for the 2018 defense authorization bill and this week it heard from some former top DoD officials. Family life seemed to be the bottom line for a lot of military issues. Employees want to be able to move between the civilian and military world, they want quality childcare for their children and they want their spouses to be happy and be able to work where they are stationed.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) thinks Congress can help lower the 21 percent military spouse unemployment rate.
Military families are feeling isolated in their communities and that feeling is increasing, according to the Blue Star Families’ annual military lifestyle survey.
The 2017 Blue Star Families Lifestyle Survey finds military families have a new top concern: time with loved ones.
If service members can’t pay their debts they might be in violation of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.