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Pentagon: High military spouse unemployment rate threatens force readiness, national security

By Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times

Washington D.C. (July 2, 2018) - Christina Thomas says she is used to being asked the same questions over and over in each job interview — questions that are usually a sign she won’t be getting a call back.

” ‘What do you mean you’re a military spouse? Does that mean you’re going to leave me in a year?’ ” the 35-year-old Texas native recited the dreaded queries in an interview last week, recounting her numerous attempts to find work while following her husband, Army Maj. and West Point instructor Brandon Thomas, to military assignments stretching from Georgia to Germany.

At each stop along the way, Mrs. Thomas — who holds a master’s degree and has worked as a paralegal — said she struggled to find a steady job.

The story is all too common for military spouses and one that major companies such as Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft and others say they are stepping up to help change.

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