Shudak thanks voters; US military wives have untapped talent

Shudak thanks voters

Although the results were not what we hoped tonight (Tuesday), I want to emphasize that I respect the wishes of the voters of Pottawattamie County, as we all should, at every level.

I am also very proud of the campaign we ran and the coalition of people we put together. We spoke to people in every corner of this county, knocked on thousands of doors and listened intently to what they had to say. Some of them voted for me and some didn’t, but I think they all felt heard.

I congratulate the new members and the permanent members of the board of directors. I hope they will work to represent all residents of Pottawattamie County.

Although it was not enough to win, thousands of people voted for our campaign – a campaign centered on residents’ concerns about the county’s extravagant purchases with taxpayers’ money, concerns about a lack of transparency and concerns that we are not treating our employees and county workers in general with the respect they deserve. These concerns are not going away and I hope the new board will hear and continue to work to address them.

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The Shudak family has been in Pottawattamie County for over 100 years, so I’m not going anywhere. I will continue to stand up for workers and help the county council create a growing, prosperous and prosperous Pottawattamie County in any way I can. I look forward to continuing this work.

Untapped Talent: US Service Wives

National Veterans and Military Families Month is recognized each November to honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans, military members and their spouses. Many may not realize that keeping our military veterans and spouses employed helps sustain our nation’s all-volunteer strength.

Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau clearly indicate that veterans have lower unemployment rates and higher labor market earnings than their non-veteran counterparts. This data is not the same for the nearly one million military spouses who make significant sacrifices to support their service member’s career. Frequent forced moves, combined with the challenges of interstate professional licensing, lead to high unemployment among military spouses.

Military spouses, 88% of whom are women, have about the same level of education as the general public: 33% have a bachelor’s degree and 17% have obtained a graduate or professional diploma according to the 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) Survey of Military Spouses. This survey, along with a 2021 Blue Star Families Survey, has consistently estimated unemployment rates for military spouses to be four times higher than the national average.

While many military spouses are superbly qualified in a wide variety of fields, they often struggle to find and maintain rewarding careers. They are often overlooked for positions because they lack career continuity or don’t have enough time in a new place to put down roots and develop a network.

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University reported that military spouses cross state lines 10 times more often than their civilian counterparts. Frequent moves result in a difficult and winding career path for military spouses, a problem that is exacerbated by the difficulty of transferring professional licenses that are typically regulated at the state level. For the 35% of military spouses who work in a field requiring licensing, this often results in unemployment or underemployment due to the time it takes to get certified in that new state. It is even more difficult abroad or in isolated places where job opportunities are extremely limited.

VETS has launched three initiatives to help address military spouse unemployment: Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses (TEAMS), an online licensing and credentialing tool, and Employer Navigator and Partnership Pilot (ENPP) .

TEAMS is a series of Department of Labor employment workshops that extend the Department’s Transition Assistance Program to military spouses interested in pursuing a new career.

VETS has also set up an online tool for military spouses containing information on interstate licensing, license reimbursement, occupations with interstate reciprocal agreements, and other resources to help find career opportunities. State-specific information on job requirements.

VETS launched ENPP in 2021, and it is now available in 21 locations worldwide. ENPP provides one-on-one career assistance to transitioning service members and their spouses in partnership with selected employment and training organizations in the public and private sectors.

In support of National Veterans and Military Families Month, I invite employers across the country to seek out and hire military spouses. Contact a VETS Regional Veterans Employment Coordinator who can connect employers with federal, state, and other resources to help them find and hire military spouses, transitioning service members, and veterans . Finding suitable employment for our military spouses is essential to maintaining our all-volunteer force and is a great way to support the families of military members who serve our country.

Assistant Secretary of the Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service

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