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How Military Spouses are Finding New Options with Trump

Submitted by Meditec on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:49
How Military Spouses are Finding New Options with Trump

A recent study shows that military spouses find it hard to get a job and are more likely to settle for positions below their education level. The United States has overlooked and underestimated their sacrifices for a long time. The country has forgotten that these people take silent oaths to protect the constitution and country from any harm. They nobly wrestle with frequent moves from one station to another, deployments, and unpredictable schedules of their service mates. Statistics. The study shows that while veteran unemployment has improved, military spouse unemployment rate continues to increase and is now hovering somewhere near 20%. This is a national disaster because the 20% rate is about four times the usual unemployment rate. If you carefully read the report, you will notice that the study only focuses on spouses who are actively seeking employment. This suggests that the numbers could be worse if the report included those spouses that gave up and decided to stay at home. According to the report, there are over 640, 000 military spouses and 93% of them are women who are almost 30 years old or older. The report also states that these military spouses acquire more than average education yet earn about 50% of what other people get. This is sad, and America needs to do more for military spouses! The report shows that we are the only military society left out in the cold. The Problem. America military community still upholds the 1950’s military culture and has not changed to accommodate the reality and needs of the modern day military families. Unlike in the past, having two sources of income is a necessity for most American families, and the military culture needs to appreciate this fact. The love we had for military families is long gone. Past administrations have been creating harsh policies and regulations that make America a living hell for military families. Who will save America spouses? I think Trump is the savior they have been waiting for all this time. Trump and Military Spouses. During the pre-election polls, you may have noted that most military servicemen and families favored Trumps presidency, and their relentless support could bear some fruits sooner than later. Throughout his campaigns, the Trump promised to help military families and also pledged to protect the constitution that actively shapes their lives. How will he do this? How will he while the previous administrations failed? Here is how Trump's administration will save military spouses. Through The MyCAA Program. Trump administration has fully pledged to support the MyCAA program. If you don’t know what the program entails, then let me explain. MyCAA stands for Military Spouse Career Advancement Account. The program one of the units found at the DOD and mainly focus on the provision of education, training, and grant programs for military families. Simply put, the program helps military spouses gain access to education and also helps them secure employment in high-demand careers. What’s more? If you get a MyCAA career, you are assured that your job will not be affected by erratic military schedules. It’s true that military spouse can enjoy higher levels of education than their civilian counterparts. However, most of them do not reach these levels because of financial constraints. But things are about to change now that the government fully supports the program. Military spouses will never face any tuition fee problems because the program provides up to $4000 of tuition support for eligible military spouses. The administration promised to allocate more funds for the program, and now military spouses have a reason to smile. Who is eligible for this program? If your military spouse is currently serving and is within pay grades E-1 to E-5, 0-1 to 0-2, and W-1 to W-2, then you are eligible. Spouses married to members of the National Guard are also eligible as long as their partners are within the pay grades mentioned. To apply, eligible spouses can visit the MyCAA Spouse Portal online and provide the required spouse details. Once you get a scholarship, then you are ready for programs certifications, which usually range from six to nine months. However, if you go for the online self-paced program, you could finish quickly and get a MyCAA career soon. With the MyCAA program, the future of military spouse is brighter than ever. The rate of unemployment among this group is expected to fall drastically. Our servicemen, on the other hand, will serve the country proudly knowing that their spouses are getting a quality education and are not struggling to make ends meet.