10:00 am EDT - 11:30 am EDT

Past Event

What is the impact of persistent military spouse unemployment?

Monday, October 21, 2019

10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

Brookings Institution
Saul/Zilkha Room

1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC

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.