Resources

Blue Star Entrepreneurs (Facebook)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlueStarEntrepreneurs
Blue Star Entrepreneurs is a place for all military spouse business owners to share professional information and network. The Blue Star Spouse Networks will work in conjunction with the private sector, the Department of Defense, and state and regional stakeholders to shape the future of professional military spouses. 


Blue Star Jobs
http://www.bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Jobs
Blue Star Jobs will provide new opportunities for military spouses through hundreds of thousands of jobs posted monthly on oDesk. It will allow military spouses around the world to find work, cultivate business relationships, and grow their careers.


Business and Professional Women's Foundation
http://bpwfoundation.org/
Mentoring, jobs, and resources for women veterans and military spouses

Need a mentor to give your career a boost? BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus provides free resources, including mentors, subject matter experts (SMEs), and online connections for women veterans and military spouses to assist them in successfully obtaining meaningful employment and a successful career.


Career One Stop
www.careeronestop.org
Career One Stop is your pathway to career success. Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Career Spark
www.mycareerspark.org
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program, Toyota, and Blue Star Families introduced Career Spark, a first-of-its-kind online tool that gives military spouses the resume they need to start and maintain a meaningful career. Career Spark walks military spouses through developing a resume based on their unique skills. Once completed, spouses have the option to make their resumes searchable to thousands of employers nationwide looking for qualified veteran and military spouse candidates.


Congressional Military Family Caucus
facebook
The Congressional Military Family Caucus seeks to educate Members of Congress and their staff on resources the military has for families. Specifically, the Congressional Military Family Caucus focuses on issues such as education, childcare, healthcare, spousal employment, and the effects of multiple deployments. Through educating Member of Congress, it is our hope that the Congressional Military Family Caucus will be able to develop legislation to better support our nation's military families.


eKnowledge free SAT/ACT PowerPrep
http://www.eknowledge.com/military.asp
eKnowledge, a group of NFL players, and the Department of Defense have teamed up to distribute more than $16,500,000 of eKnowledge's SAT/ACT PowerPrep™ Programs to military service members and their families.


Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces
www.employerpartnership.org
The Employer Partnership (EP) was created as a way to provide America’s employers with a direct link to some of America’s finest employees – Service members and their families. Through the partnership, service members can leverage their military training and experience for career opportunities in today’s civilian job market with national, regional and local Employer Partners.


FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program
http://www.saveandinvest.org/MilitaryCenter/MilitarySpouseFellowships/
The FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program gives military spouses the opportunity to earn a career-enhancing credential—the Accredited Financial Counselor® certificate—while providing financial counseling to the military community. The fellowship covers the costs associated with completing the AFC® training and testing.

Created in 2006, the program is administered in partnership with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) and the National Military Family Association (NMFA). To date, the FINRA Foundation has awarded nearly 1,200 Military Spouse Fellowships—and participants have logged more than 279,500 hours of service back to the military community.


Hire Heroes USA
www.hireheroesusa.org
Hire Heroes USA is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement.


Hiring our Heroes (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes
In March of 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with our network of 1600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal was to create a movement across America in hundreds of local communities where veterans and military families return every day.

There are four pillars of the Chamber’s Hiring our Heroes program. While the main focus of effort is on conducting 100 hiring fairs for veterans and military spouses in local communities across the country, we have also created strategic partnerships to deal with specific populations of veterans and their unique challenges in three other areas to include: a Wounded Warrior Transition Assistance Program, a Student Veterans Internship and Employment Program, and a Women Veterans and Military Spouses Employment Program. Our aggressive agenda focuses on one measure of success—jobs for the one million unemployed veterans in America.

Upcoming Hiring Fairs - http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events


Inc. Military Entrepreneurs
http://www.inc.com/military-entrepreneurs
Inc. launched the Military Entrepreneur’s Program to educate, mentor, and inform service members and their families about entrepreneurship.


In Gear
http://ingearcareer.org/
The demands on modern military spouses often make it difficult for these individuals to seek, obtain, and sustain professional careers commensurate with their level of education and experience. Existing family support systems have done an outstanding job assisting spouses with finding entry-level positions and traditionally "pink-collar" jobs. In Gear seeks to expand the impact of these existing programs by addressing specific needs of spouses whose professional career trajectories are interrupted by frequent moves and deployments.

We will provide a forum for community support, information-sharing, and mentoring that addresses the unique challenges and strengths of the career-minded military spouse.


Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Civilian Careers
http://www.usmc-mccs.org/employ/
We are thrilled that you are contemplating employment with our organization. At installations throughout the country, we are searching for highly-motivated individuals to join us to better serve Marines and families and ensure their personal and family readiness through mission, career, and life events.


Military - Civilian
www.military-civilian.com
We offer a unique and personalized service networking your recruitment needs with integrity. Our mission is to bring job-seeking military veterans together with hiring companies to fill open positions worldwide.

We are not merely a job board or a recruiting service: we are dedicated to providing both proactive assistance for veterans and their families with their transition back into the civilian workplace, and assistance for companies with open positions in fulfilling their recruitment needs. 


Military.com Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Programs
www.military.com
Learn more about the education benefits the Dept. of VA and each of the service's have to offer.


Military.com Military Spouse Education 
http://militaryfamily.jobs/
Pursue your education goals today by finding schools that offer online programs. 

Education is important to your entire family.
  • Use GI Bill Benefits -- you may qualify to transfer the GI Bill to you or your children
  • Earn your degree no matter where you move by taking online classes
  • Search a variety of degree programs offering the flexibility of online study

Now is the time to pursue your education goals. Find schools offering online programs.

Get FREE information from schools that offer online convenience for the busy life of military spouses. Request free information now.


MilitaryFamily.jobs
http://militaryfamily.jobs/
MilitaryFamily.jobs is designed to help military spouses, dependents and caregivers quickly locate employment while your loved ones are serving our country. Enter the name of your military installation plus the intuitive .jobs suffix into your browser and receive a list of employment opportunities on your assigned base or in surrounding cities. 


Military Franchising - Military Spouse Friendly Home-based Franchises
http://www.militaryfranchising.com/spouse/
Being a military spouse has taught you skills like perseverance, discipline, tenacity, and the ability to operate independently. These skills are the perfect foundation for a franchise owner. With franchises, you don’t need an MBA, business experience or a killer idea. Franchises are proven business models that come with directions. The franchise concept is sometimes compared to baking: The franchisee uses a proven recipe and, following the step-by-step instructions, bakes a delicious cake. They’re not baking it from scratch – they’re using grandma’s recipe that everyone already knows and loves. If you’re looking to earn extra income on the side and operate a business out of your house, a home-based franchise may be the perfect fit.


Military Friendly Schools
www.militaryfriendlyschools.com
Now is an exceptional time to be a military member, veteran, or spouse seeking education. The Post 9-11 GI Bill and MyCAA programs have virtually eliminated financial constraints from your choice of school. The downside is that you now have over 7000 options when deciding where to put your brain and hard-earned benefits to work. We created the Military Friendly Schools Guide and website to help you narrow the field and select the school that meets your unique needs.

We’ve gone to great lengths to determine which of the 7000 college, universities and trade schools nationwide offer you the best education, value, and welcome. The result is a list of approximately 1000 schools which represent the 15% that are the most Military Friendly. Use our College Search tool to filter schools based on your individual preferences, and let the Military Friendly logo guide you to a school that values your military experience. Once you’ve found several schools for consideration, one click let’s you add them to your personal list and request information.

Whether you are seeking formal education to further your military career or prepare you for a civilian career, our site is for you. The schools advertising on www.militaryfriendlyschools.com have made an investment to reach you, so we encourage you to reach out to them and consider their educational opportunities.


Military OneSource Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/seco
Do you want a career that you can carry with you the next time you PCS? Whether you are just starting your education, trying to advance in your career, or looking for that next great career opportunity, the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program can help you search for information on portable careers, get you started on your education, finalize that perfect resume, or assist you with your career planning. Use these resources, tools, and articles to help you get started!


Military OneSource online libraries
www.militaryonesource.com
The Military OneSource Online Libraries have something for everyone. From children's audiobooks to career preparation exams, these free resources are available from the comfort of your home computer.

To locate this feature on Military OneSource, log in, locate the Military Life & Deployment tab, the Military Life tab, the Military Family Life tab, then then scroll down to locate the Online Library Resources. Includes:
  • CountryWatch 
  • Culture Grams 
  • DoD MWR Libraries 
  • Heritage Quest 
  • MasterFILE 
  • NewsBank Military Publications 
  • eBooks Collection


Military Spouse Business Alliance (Hiring Our Heroes)
www.uschamber.com
Hiring our Heroes is proud to announce a coordinated, nationwide effort on behalf of working military spouses. Our goal is simple: allow spouses to pursue their dreams, instead of spending their lives trying to catch up to their peers. Together we will bridge the gap between talented military spouses and the business community who is looking for that talent just like we’re doing today.

The Alliance will improve the lives of working military spouses by:
  • Promoting job stability
  • Helping military spouses achieve upward mobility by providing networking, mentoring, and training opportunities
  • Providing opportunities for entrepreneurial spouses to share best practices and pool resources for achieving a profitable business
  • Easing challenges for professional military spouses by supporting efforts to reduce or eliminate licensing and credentialing barriers


Military Spouse Business Association
http://milspousebiz.org/
If you've ever asked yourself these questions:
  • Can I run a business with the transient military lifestyle?
  • How can I start my business on base?
  • How can I meet other military spouse business owners?
  • How can I make my military spouse owned business more available to the general public?

Then MSBA membership is right for you! (And it's FREE!)

At MSBA, we've tackled the steepest part of the military spouse owned business learning curve. We pioneered the military spouse peer-to-peer mentoring and community based solutions to overcoming the unique challenges of military spouse owned businesses.

From the brainstorming phase, to launching your idea, to navigating the waters of business success through military life, MSBA is honored to provide a forum for information, innovation, and inspiration.


Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)
https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Program is an employment assistance program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.


Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
http://www.msccn.org/
The MSCCN is a nonprofit organization in excellent standing with the IRS. We focus on employment readiness, applicant referral, job training, and job placement assistance for military spouses, transitioning military, veterans, war wounded, and caregivers of war wounded. The MSCCN was founded and created by a Navy spouse in 2004 and is operated and managed by a team of geographically diverse military spouses, veterans, and caregivers of war wounded, working from home offices located near military installations across the country.


Military Spouse Education Initiative
https://www.facebook.com/MilSpouseEDUInitiative (website in process)
Through advocacy and support programming, we will provide spouses with the tools to accomplish their education goals.

Our mission is to provide an education program for military spouses of all branches, ranks, and education levels built around the obstacles of military life.

Four Point Plan:
1. Establish a "Volunteer Experience to College Credit" program between the American Council on Education, the military service branches, and military service organizations
2. "PCS College Courses Program-" Course transferability
3. Equip spouses with expanded skill sets with workshops on topics such as goal setting and balance
4. Launch a Military Spouse Service Grant 


Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Board
http://www.msepjobs.com/skins/msep/home.aspx?mode=user
A job board opened to military spouses from all branches of the military. This board currently features over 100 companies that "pledge to give military spouses a special look for job openings as well as train supervisors to be flexible and understanding about the military lifestyle while allowing for job transferability during military moves when possible.


Military Spouse JD Network - A Bar Association for Military Spouses 
www.militaryspousejdnetwork.org
The Military Spouse JD Network supports military spouses who pursue a legal career by:

  • Advocating for bar membership without examination,
  • Encouraging hiring military spouses, and
  • Providing a support network. 

MSJDN includes military spouses from all branches of the United States Military:  Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy as well as spouses of retired service members and legal and military organizations who support our mission.


Military Spouse Mentoring 
http://militaryspousementoring.com/
Mentoring Military Spouses helps to do the following, among many other things:
  • meet needs not previously met
  • promote individual success and growth
  • encourage career establishment
  • support educational goals
  • provide for one-on-one parenting exchanges
  • enable a better understanding of navigating military life

Military spouses affliliated with each branch of the United States Armed Forces may benefit from this program. A database will be maintained with all efforts to maintain privacy and confidentiality of those listed. No personal or contact information will ever be shared with a third party, private, public or federal sector based, without your permission or knowledge. Mentors are matched with spouses who are seeking educational, career, military life, parenting, or other guidance. This program is entirely volunteer based. We request that mentors be available to their partners at least 5 hours a month, for more information, please request a FACT sheet and apply to become a mentor. Mentors may communicate with their partner in a number of ways, each situation will be different. Partnerships may be virtual (i.e. internet chat/messenger or email), telephone based, or in person. For individuals with disabilities or the inability to frequently use technology, correspondence mentoring is possible as we are an equal opportunity, nondiscriminating group.


Military Spouse Portable Career Planning
www.portablecareerplanning.com
Military Spouse Portable Career Planning is an Army wife-owned business, created to help military spouses who are serious about creating portable careers they are passionate about. Owner, Stacy Swearengen, provides access to a free job portability quiz on her website. Her intensive services offer military spouses individualized, step-by-step guidance to create portable careers that are propelled by career passion. Through one-on-one coaching, portable career planning kits, and group teleseminar workshops, Stacy work
collaboratively with my clients on their professional journey (no matter where the military takes them!).


Military to Medicine
www.militarytomedicine.org
A portable career. A vital mission. A network to make transitions at ease.

There are more than 650,000 military spouses of active duty members stationed in the U.S. Nearly 80 percent of these spouses want a career, but frequent military relocations make it difficult. Military to Medicine® offers state-of-the-art career preparation and assessment, to help you start a career in healthcare that can move with you. 

  • Whether you have a medical background or are looking for a new career and need training, we have a pathway for you.
  • For those who already have healthcare experience, Military to Medicine will provide access to a network of healthcare employers across the nation.
  • With the training opportunities and talent exchange made possible by Military to Medicine, developing and growing a career in healthcare is more accessible than ever before. 


MilSpouse EMentor Leadership Program
http://ementorprogram.org/p/milspouse/about
The MilSpouse eMentor Program is a dynamic online community where military spouses can receive personalized career guidance, advice, support and inspiration from more experienced military spouses who share a special bond through their common experience. Representatives of military-spouse friendly firms also participate as "corporate mentors" who can assist spouses seeking stable employment with an opportunity for upward mobility.

MilSpouse eMentor is a partnership of AcademyWomen and the U.S Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes.

The MilSpouse eMentor Program:
  • Is open to all spouses of military members in uniform or veterans, living or deceased. Divorced spouses are also welcome. 
  • Representatives of military spouse-friendly firms may participate as "corporate mentors". 


MilSpouse Resume Builder (Blue Star Families)
http://www.bluestarfam.org/Policy/MilSpouse_Resume_Builder
Military spouses frequently face challenges in maintaining a career. Constant moves, deployments, and the military lifestyle have resulted in high unemployment among military spouses and a significant wage gap.  This can affect the readiness, retention, and well being of the military community.

We know that military spouses volunteer at a very high rate. Volunteering isn't just a great way to support the community, it's also a great way to learn and hone important job skills. What if you could take your volunteer experience and the skills you gained and turn them into career skills on a resume?  Well, now you can.    

Blue Star Families has created a resume builder to help you get started, sponsored by the Military Spouse Business Alliance.


National Military Family Association - Spouse education
http://www.militaryfamily.org/get-info/spouse-education/
Pursuing higher education is admirable and rewarding. Although it might prove to be difficult for a military spouse who moves regularly, it is certainly not impossible. Don’t be overwhelmed or discouraged. In fact, it’s easier than you think! 

Did you know the average annual salary difference between someone with a four-year degree and a person with a high school diploma is approximately $20,000? In addition, a degree can bring job opportunities that otherwise would not be available. You may find yourself asking questions such as: Where do I start? Where can I find money for school? Will my credits transfer if I move? 

Find answers to these and many more questions to help you achieve your higher education goals.


National Military Family Association - Spouse employment
http://www.militaryfamily.org/get-info/support-family/spouse-employment/
According to Department of Defense statistics, 85% of military spouses want or need work, 84% have some college, 25% have a bachelor’s degree, and 10% have an advanced degree. Military spouses earn 25% less than their civilian counterparts and 1 in every 4 military spouses is unemployed and looking for work. Our Association surveys confirm these statistics and families tell us that they want more than a job to pay the bills; they want to be able to continue their professional career development. With this type of awareness, many federal and private sector initiatives have been developed over the past few years that can impact military spouses’ abilities to start and maintain careers of their own and still be “married to the military.” 

Military spouses tell us they want a portable career. Some portable career professions have state licensing requirements which restrict career portability for military spouses. Since 2011, our Association has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense State Liaison Office to reduce state professional licensing barriers. Thanks to our efforts some states now offer licenses by endorsement or a provision license to military spouse. Visit the website for a chart outlining these states.  Do you have a portable career experience you would like to share with other military spouses? If so, please email us. 


Navy Civilian Human Resources
http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/MilSpouses/Pages/Default.aspx
In the Department of the Navy—and throughout the Federal Government—military spouses have greater opportunities than ever before to be hired as members of the civilian workforce. In 2009, the President signed an Executive Order that provides a non-competitive appointment authority for hiring certain qualified military spouses, spouses of disabled veterans, and un-remarried widows/widowers of veterans.

Utilize this website to search within the Navy and Marine Corps for civilian employment. 


Navy Exchange Jobs
https://www.mynavyexchange.com/work4us/
The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., oversees five primary business units including Navy Exchange (NEX) retail stores and services, Navy Lodges, the Uniform Program Management Office, the Ship’s Store Program and Telecommunications. Its mission is to provide authorized customers with quality goods and services at a savings and to support quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reservists and their families. 

The Navy Exchange System employs 14,000 dedicated associates worldwide, 27 percent of whom are military family members. It is also a partner in the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) which pledges support to provide career opportunities for military spouses.


​Next Step for Vets
http://veterans.nbcnews.com/
Empowering veterans and military spouses with employment and education opportunities.


Operation REMAX
www.operationremax.com
RE/MAX recognizes the commitment and sacrifice U.S. military families make each and every day. And we recognize the dedication and enthusiasm that employees with military backgrounds can bring to the real estate industry. That's why we encourage our offices to participate in Operation RE/MAX.

Operation RE/MAX offices have made a commitment to hire and mentor military spouses, veterans and transitioning personnel. The available jobs depend on the individual office, but can range from office manager to accountant to real estate agent.


Project Return to Work
http://www.return2work.org/
Project: Return to Work Inc. (R2W) provides employment services to all active duty service members, veterans and their spouses at Military & Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE). R2W also provides vocational rehabilitation services to wounded warriors and disabled citizens. R2W clients receive support from caring professionals and volunteers through an innovative evaluation, training, and placement process. R2W incorporates advanced technologies, methodologies, and a highly accurate online evaluation process to assist clients with finding the jobs they enjoy doing most. 


Salute to Spouses
www.salutetospouses.com
The go-to resource for education and career news for military spouses.


Scholarships - Military.com
http://aid.military.com/scholarship/search-for-scholarships.do
Find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community!


Scholarships - National Resource Directory
www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov
A listing of scholarships and grants available.


Scholarships - Scholarship & Financial Aid Explorer (SFeX) by Military Community Compass Resources
www.mcsfex.net
Search for military-friendly scholarships using a powerful web-based tool in an un-biased, standardized and comprehensive manner. 

SFeX is an open environment and is available for use by ALL the military services.

SFeX  provides military service members and their families and other eligible civilians within the Military Community, as well as Education Services Officers, Academic Counselors, and support staff within the military education community with a powerful web-based tool for identifying and exploring Scholarships and Financial Aid options in an un-biased, standardized, and comprehensive manner.


SCORE
http://www.score.org/topics/veteran_guards_reservists
SCORE is committed to helping veterans, service members and their families looking to start and grow small businesses with significant, long term success.  SCORE provides advice, training programs, and long term mentors for the life of any small business – no matter the stage.

We have an initiative that is targeted to assist members of our military (active duty, reserves, and National Guard) and all veterans and their immediate family members with many unique special offers. This program is called the Veteran Fast Launch Initiative. It provides:

  • SCORE’s mentoring program where Veteran Fast Launch participants are assigned a highly experienced mentor to guide them every step of the way.
  • Free or significantly discounted resources for starting businesses, such as computer software and business services (provided by major corporate partners)


Successful Military Wife
http://successfulmilitarywife.com
What to start doing today to be massively successful: from seventeen highly accomplished military spouse entrepreneurs, authors, and professionals. Uncommonly ambitious military wives supporting each other's businesses and professional lives. 


USA 4 Military Families
www.usa4militaryfamilies.dod.mil
USA4 Military Families initiative, seeking to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families. One of their key issues is to facilitate military spouse transition through licensure portability and eligibility for unemployment compensation.


Vet Jobs
www.vetjobs.com
VetJobs makes it easy to reach transitioning military, National Guard, Reserve Component Members and veterans that have separated over the last several decades and are now productive members of the civilian work force in all disciplines, and their family members.

VetJobs is available to assist ALL members of "The United States Military Family". This includes Officer and Enlisted, Active Duty, Transitioning Military, Reservists, Veterans, Retirees, of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, National Guard, Navy, NOAA and Public Health Service along with Trailing Spouses, Eligible Former Spouses, Widows, Widowers and Dependents and DOD civilians.


V-WISE (Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship)
http://whitman.syr.edu/vwise/
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) trains women veterans and military spouses in entrepreneurship and small business management.


Military spouse education and employment
HomeAbout usTestimonialsContact usContest

Resources specific to
  • Military supporters
  Toolkit, practical insights in
  caring for the military,
  interest-based support listing,
  free Thank You cards, military
  charity check

Military community resources
  • Christian encouragement
  Bibles, devotionals, studies
  Bible verses that offer hope
  Of grace and gratitude
  Prayer
  Word & Worship Wednesday
  • Deployment support for
  Military personnel
  Military spouses
  Military children, teens
  • Downloads and printables
  Brat Town Bugle TM
  Coloring pages
  Flat Brat TM
  Military house ornament

Operation We Are Here
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Pinterest
Follow us on
resources
Copyright 2008 - 2013 Benita Koeman, Operation We Are Here.  All rights reserved.
Operation We Are Here is a HUB of RESOURCES for the military community and military supporters.
Military support is not a concept to embrace; military support is sacrificial action. Visit our military support TOOLKIT.