New Program Aims to Find Military Spouses Work

A new program was introduced Wednesday that is aimed at helping military spouses gain employment.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Defense announced the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, backed by President Obama’s administration and intended to link military spouses with various private and public employers.

Some Fortune 500 companies, like AT&T and Home Depot, are among a total of 72 companies that have committed to hiring America’s military spouses, according to a statement.

“We have a shared goal with the administration in giving employers access to a diverse and uniquely talented workforce. This starts with our nation’s veterans and military spouses,” Thomas J. Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said. “Make no mistake, this is the right thing to do. Those who serve our nation deserve no less. But it is also the smart thing to do. It’s good business.”

The program will kick off July 10 in Los Angeles, where Prince William and Catherine, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, will help to raise awareness and increase military spouse participation in future hiring events, according to the statement.