Some things have changed...

Some things have changed...

Some things have changed, and I’ve been in a deep period of discernment about what that means for me as a person who faces the world with their writing…

Avoiding 'Dark Pits of Yuck': Connected Learning for Military Spouses

Avoiding 'Dark Pits of Yuck': Connected Learning for Military Spouses

With little to no choice over where one lives, military spouses have to navigate balancing professional careers with the labor market needs of their often-remote base locations. When work is available, employers are reluctant to hire and invest in training people who will inevitably move away. As a result, spouses face unemployment rates at four to seven times higher than the national unemployment rate. Unlike their civilian counterparts, military spouse unemployment rates have not recovered from pre-recession levels. The overall unemployment rate for spouses in 2006 was 14% and, for 2016, it was 23%. Where the rest of the economy seems to have recovered, employment prospects for military spouses have only gotten worse.

While military and policy leadership tend toward institutional questions, like the impact of these frequent moves on their all volunteer force, spouses are connecting with each other in entrepreneurial ways and are building the types of communities that will serve them while their spouses serve our country…