You may have learned recently that SJV has decided to focus on hiring military spouses for many of our core roles. This has been an exciting time!
If you missed that update, here are some key links:
- Read About Our Military Spouse Program
- Listen to our podcast on this subject, featuring a couple of military veterans in our leadership.
- Apply to the program now (or share this link with the military spouse in your life.)
We recently had the first instance of our new internal Military Spouse Meeting. We had spouses representing every service and had an excellent conversation about the issues unique to the military spouse community, we also discussed future initiatives for our internal Military Spouse Community.
In speaking with them, we learned that we can do even more. We're going to use this space here on the blog to share resources and advice for all military spouses, not just the ones that work with SJV.
Military Spouse Spotlight
While SJV doesn't endorse political candidates, we do know that one story didn't get nearly enough airtime this election cycle: Lindsey Simmons, an active-duty military spouse, ran for congress in Missouri's 4th Congressional District. If elected, she would have been the first military spouse elected to Congress.
Like many military spouses, Simmons’ journey into public service started through her advocacy for military families, with a desire to improve schools and health care access.
“I recognized that There was a huge gap between military families and civilian families,” Simmons said. “And so much of the policies coming down from Washington and how they were affecting our families never made the news.”
While she wasn't able to win against Vicky Hartzler, who has held the seat since 2011, we hope that her story inspires other military spouses to get more involved in their local politics and beyond. The under-representation of military spouses in political office is a travesty.
Grow Your Professional Network
At SJV we recognize that we can’t hire every military spouse, but one of the next best things we can do is help those looking for work succeed. Did you know that thanks to a partnership between the Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, and LinkedIn’s Military and Veterans Program, Military Spouses have access to 1 free year of Linkedin Premium?
Trapped Inside With the Kids?
We're all adapting to the "new normal" of working from home, learning from home, and staying at home. Entertainment is critical not only to our personal sanity, but also to keep our children engaged and working those mental/social muscles. If you are running out of ways to entertain your kids, check out the below Pinterest link with 30 activities to keep your kids busy!