Press Release: Hiring Our Heroes

Unemployment and Underemployment Continue to Plague Military Spouses and Affect Financial Stability

For the past decade, military spouses have experienced an unwavering unemployment rate of 22%, making it one of the highest unemployed demographics in the United States. According to new research, their spouses' military service is also negatively affecting their ability to maximize employer-sponsored retirement benefits, build their long-term financial futures and find careers that offer competitive salaries equivalent to their professional experiences and/or education levels. The Hidden Financial Costs of Military Spouse Unemployment survey, conducted by Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) in collaboration with Syracuse University's D'Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and First Command Financial Services Inc., shines a light on the impacts of being a military spouse.

Hiring Our Heroes Honors Former Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes recognized individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership in addressing the challenges faced by veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses in their search for employment, at its 11th Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Gala, presented by USAA. 

First Lady Calls on Nation’s Largest Employers to Make Career Opportunities More Accessible to Military Spouses

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes welcomed First Lady Jill Biden Wednesday to its end-of-year meeting with Veteran Employment Advisory Council members. Dr. Biden called on America’s largest employers in attendance to take the necessary steps needed to make employment opportunities more accessible to the military community.

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