The Honorable Cheryl L. Mason on military spouse employment

Warrior Community Integration Symposium: Thought leaders discuss support services and initiatives in the workforce for veterans and military spouses

Military spouses can boost their job searches by adding to their skillset, says The Honorable Cheryl L. Mason, executive director of the Veteran and Military Spouse Talent Engagement Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

She says, “The world is changing and there are a lot of certifications out there that are free to military spouses.”

WorkingNation sat down with Mason in Atlanta at the Warrior Community Integration Symposium – an annual convening of veteran-serving organizations hosted by America’s Warrior Partnership.

“When a military spouse is unable to find work, the impact to the family can be really hard. It impacts how that family operates. It impacts what that family can afford to do,” says Mason.

“Every time a military family relocates, it costs money. Even though the military pays for the cost of move, there are still some incidental costs. And those incidental costs are expensive. There are kids’ sports, there are new doctors. Even if they’re on base, there are a lot of things.”

Learn more about the Veteran and Military Spouse Engagement Program.
Learn more about America’s Warrior Partnership.