As a community, we are often called upon to help ensure that new military service members and their families get acclimated to the military lifestyle. With so many programs out there, it can be difficult for new service members to find and utilize the programs they need. But initial entry is hardly the only time military families need help navigating the densely populated military-program waters. Transitioning out of the military can also bring a unique set of challenges.
There has been a lot of focus lately on helping military spouses find jobs. And nobody understands that plight more than me. I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve moved, how many times I’ve had to search for a new job, how many times I’ve had to start all over at the bottom of the proverbial workplace ladder. So what is a military spouse to do? Is there a way to guarantee that not only will you have a job at your next duty station, but that you also retain any tenure or seniority you’ve been working so hard to achieve? Entrepreneurship and owning your own business may be the answer.
Ask any military spouse to make a list of most challenging aspect of PCSing and you’ll likely see ‘finding a job’ near the top of the list. Ask that same spouse to share the best part of PCSing and “meeting new people” usually ranks pretty high. For three military spouses, these two list-topping aspects of military life brought about a eureka moment and the idea for a new business.
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