Military spouse unemployment is a serious problem for the 641,639 people who are married to active-duty service members. Nearly half of those significant others are unemployed, according to a new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released on June 14.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.
Financial issues remain the top priority for military members and their families, but high operational tempo, increased time away from home and the impact on families have grown into key concerns — highlighting the changing nature of the U.S. military and the fight it faces, according to a survey released Wednesday.
As a military brat, one thing I know — that all military children know — is that distance is hard. You rely on fuzzy video, short letters, and brief phone calls to bridge the gap, and it’s never really enough to fill the void. Having lived through numerous deployments as a kid, this commercial by a paper and packaging company called “How Life Unfolds” really hits home for anyone who’s ever had a military parent.
April is the month of the military child. But for service members’ kids, every month is about being a military child. According to the 2010 U.S. census, more than 1.2 million dependent children live in active-duty families.