The nation continues to ask a great deal of its men and women in uniform—and their families. And as the saying goes, the military recruits the servicemember, but it retains the family. Only if military families are financially secure and otherwise stable can the all-volunteer armed forces remain strong. Although military compensation compares favorably with most jobs for comparable cohorts in the private sector, challenges still abound. Not least among them is the fact that military spouses, because of frequent changes of postings and the additional demands of military life and deployments, often struggle to find and keep good jobs. Yet today’s economy can make it very difficult for single-income families to stay afloat.
On October 21, The Brookings Institution convened a panel of experts to discuss these challenges for military families and what is being done to address them.
IntroductionMichael E. O’Hanlon Director of Research - Foreign Policy, Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy
PanelistHolly Petraeus Former Assistant Director for Servicemember Affairs - Consumer Financial Protection BureauElizabeth O’Brien Senior Director, Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Program - U.S. Chamber of Commerce