A Salute to the Military Spouse
Throughout history, we have all become familiar with the common hardships of an active duty military member. Often times overlooked, is the difficulty that the spouse must deal with for something they did not enlist for. While trying to maintain “normality” and keep the family together, a spouse must endure several moves to unfamiliar areas throughout the States, and sometimes the world. This can make it very hard to start a network, let alone a career.
The military spouses make every Permanent Change of Station (PCS) that the military member makes, except deployments to warzones. Now, imagine making that move six times in a 20 year period. I have heard stories of families moving every three to five years!
Being a war veteran, I saw how the continual stress from constant moves takes a toll on military families. Many times, the stress was about the lack of money due to the family having to live on one budget because of a move.
With so many military families on the move, Missouri passed a law that allows the spouse of an active duty military member to file for unemployment benefits. The law, effective August 28, 2011, states that if a citizen of the state left their job and relocated to be with a spouse in the military, they are eligible for unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks while they search for full-time work.
With June 14 being Flag Day and the U.S. Army’s Birthday, the Missouri Department of Labor would like to take this opportunity to thank all service members (and families!) around the globe. If you would like more information on Unemployment Benefits for military spouses, visit our Military notice. Watch this video on how this law helped two Missouri military families.