The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) have partnered in a research effort aimed at improving the employment outlook of military spouses. MOAA and the IVMF have launched the Military Spouse Employment Survey to more accurately assess the current employment situation and career-related challenges facing our nation’s military spouses.
The survey is a vital portion of the IVMF and MOAA’s ongoing efforts to drive new policies and initiatives that will provide more accessible resources to military spouses, including resources that will assist them with overcoming the economic challenges of pursuing a career while a military spouse or as a military spouse with children. By sharing their employment experiences, military spouses will provide a more detailed, accurate body of knowledge which will further allow policy makers to leverage resources which best support their community in obtaining steady employment, achieving financial stability and increasing their potential for career advancement.
“We believe this research will provide insight into both employment and career barriers and opportunities for military spouses, including career progression,” said Mike Haynie, IMVF executive director. “Further understanding of these issues will also contribute to our ability to provide support as military families transition to being veteran families. We look forward to working with MOAA to identify important policy issues and practices related to military spouse employment that will impact both the military and veteran communities.”
“MOAA has been a leader in identifying and addressing issues related to spouse employment and this effort will allow us to further our work in this area,” MOAA president Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said. “We believe the data from this survey will shed light upon challenges spouses face with their employment goals so we can better address their issues.”
The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will be available through Oct. 16. To access the survey and for additional information go to http://vets.syr.edu/milspousesurvey/.
We encourage all participants and readers to share the #MilSpouseSurvey with other communities that have the potential to benefit from new knowledge about how to best support our nation’s military spouses and their families. Survey results will be released in the Spring of 2014.
About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF):
As the first institute of its kind in the nation, the IVMF leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation’s veterans and military families. The IVMF focuses on developing impactful programming, cultivating actionable research, conducting policy analysis and providing technical assistance positioned to address the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the veterans’ community. The IVMF team approaches this mission as a collaboration, forging enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations and stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families. Visit vets.syr.edu for more information.
About the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA):
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with more than 380,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization and an influential force in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers, and for those who are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America’s Troops is a nonprofit MOAA affiliate that supports a strong national defense. For more information visit www.moaa.org or www.voicesfortroops.org.