In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued the first proclamation for a day dedicated to military spouses, Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Since then, the Friday before Mother’s Day has served as this important day where we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by military spouses. We recognize their commitment and support help to keep our country safe.
Though our country has set this day aside to honor military spouses, there is no denying that military spouses face unique employment trials and tribulations. According to a survey done by Blue Star Families, 79% of military spouses reported a negative impact to their career due to being a military spouse. Be it promotion, licensing issues or lack of appropriate employment milspouses face an unemployment rate of between 18-30% which is much higher than the national unemployment rate.