A local organization is hoping to help military spouses get jobs.
On May 21, the U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, in collaboration with USAA and the City of Colorado Springs, launched the nation’s third Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone in Colorado Springs.
The Military Spouse Career Coalition has three goals: to get the word out about resources, to educate employees on the benefits of hiring military spouses, and to support legislation that removes barriers for them.
More than 24 percent of military spouses are unemployed, compared to the national average of four percent.
Katie Lally, special assistant to Mayor John Suthers and member of the Military Spouse Career Coalition, is raising awareness.
Typically, military families struggle to find a second income. Due to the nature of the military, often spouses have gaps in their resume, usually because they are moving or being reassigned, according to Lally.
Lally said not only is hiring a military spouse a benefit to the employer, but also to the military.