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Advocates launch survey to track military spouse employment

WASHINGTON -- Officials from the Military Officers Association of America and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families this week launched a military spouse employment survey designed to track the challenges of finding work and the problem of underemployment among military families.

The survey is the first comprehensive review of military spouse careers, focusing on short-term jobs and long-term career goals. Military leaders have said that frequent moves and uneven state credentialing rules make finding employment a complex challenge for many servicemembers’ spouses.

MOAA and IVMF have been tracking the issue for years. The survey -- which also includes questions for spouses of veterans --  will be available online until mid-October, and results are expected next spring.

The number of active-duty and reserve spouses nationwide is nearly 1.15 million, according to defense statistics.
 

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