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Senators call on Defense Department to create uniform policy to help military spouses stay employed during moves

January 10, 2024

Rose L. Thayer

Stars and Stripes

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership held a recruitment and employment event in Arlington, Va., in October 2022. The annual event provides companies and employable military spouses direct access to one another. (Defense Department )

By Rose L. Thayer, Stars and Stripes / January 10, 2024

Two senators have called on the Defense Department to create a standard policy on leave without pay that they say will help military spouses retain employment and benefits within the department despite frequent moves with their service member.

“As you know, service members are generally relocated to new duty assignments every two to three years, and these moves create challenges for working military spouses who are forced to seek new employment,” Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa and an Army veteran, wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to Ashish S. Vazirani, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

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