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All DVS team members in the education, transition, and employment programs are teleworking, and are connected via phone and e-mail, and can perform almost all direct-service activities for Veterans and their families during normal working hours.

Military Spouse Support

The Virginia Military Spouse Liaison serves as the commonwealth’s military spouse advocate. The liaison conducts outreach and provides advocacy for military spouses and their families.  The liaison also works with key stakeholders within federal, state, local government, military installations, and the private sector to develop and implement a resource system to provide access to education, employment, benefits, and community resources.  

Questions regarding Military Spouse Support may be directed to milspouse@dvs.virginia.gov.

MILITARY SPOUSE CENTERED LEGISLATION HIGHLIGHTS

MILITARY SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIPS

  • Hiring Our Heroes (hiringourheroes.org) career services include events, programs, and career counseling dedicated to connecting world-class military community talent with American businesses of all sizes. Some HOH services for military spouses:
    • Virtual Employment Workshops
    • Military Spouse Professional Network (MSPN)
    • AMPLIFY
    • Hiring Events
    • Military Spouse Fellowship Program & Caregiver Fellowship Program
  • Blue Star Families (https://bluestarfam.org/for-mil-families/careers/) innovative programs are solving specific challenges for military families, including fighting economic insecurity with resources that foster spouse career development, creating family strength with rich family programming, and providing critical peer support for caregivers, whose numbers are only increasing.
  • Military OneSource (militaryonesource.mil)
    • MyCAA: The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides eligible military spouse with up to $4,000 in financial assistance for licenses, certifications, national tests or associated degrees to pursue and occupation or career field. (https://www.militaryonesource.mil/education-employment/for-spouses/mycaa-scholarship/)
    • MySECO: The Department of Defense Spouse Education & Career Opportunities program provides information, guidance and support with education, career, and life decisions with a professional career coach free of charge. (https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/)
    • MSEP: The Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership connects military spouses with hundreds of partner employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote, and retain military spouses. (https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/msep/)
  • USO Pathfinder Transition Program (https://www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder-transition-program) extends the USO experience to active duty, Reserve, National Guard and military spouses by offering professional development services throughout the duration of the service member or military spouse’s career, as well as when they transition out of the military and settle into their new communities.
  • Hire Heroes USA (hireheroesusa.org) provides free job search assistance to U.S. military members, veterans and their spouses, and help companies connect with opportunities to hire them.
  • Military Installations Family Support Services:
  • Virginia Employment Commission (https://www.vec.virginia.gov/) provides unemployment insurance, job seeker and employer services.
  • Transition Connection Newsletter (subscription list)
  • Link to V3T website

CHILDCARE RESOURCES

  • Childcare Development Centers (CDC) and Child Development Home (CDH): militarychildcare.com for information/availability at CDC and CDH providers by location.
  • Virginia Childcare Resource & Referral Network: 1-866-543-7852
  • Child Care Virginia (https://www.doe.virginia.gov/cc/) provides a comprehensive repository of resources and information to make choosing safe, quality child care easier for parents. ChildCareVA also exists to inform caretakers about the benefits of becoming a licensed child care provider or subsidy provider, and keep current providers up-to- date on the latest news and requirements.
  • Armed Services YMCA: https://www.asymca.org/what-we-do provides innovative, interactive programs and services designed especially for junior-enlisted service members, their spouses and their children—all who sacrifice so much for us and our country. Also provide experiences to help navigate military life amidst transfers, deployments, increased child care needs and financial burdens. Programs are offered at no or low cost and require no membership fees.
  • Child Care Aware® of America (https://www.childcareaware.org/) is a national organization contracted to administer the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood, or MCCYN, a Department of Defense fee assistance program available to qualifying families. This program pays a portion of child care costs on behalf of families who are unable to access installation child care.
  • Military OneSource (https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/parenting-and-children/military-childcare-services/) offers free access to a national database of more than a million caregivers so they can find hourly, flexible and on-demand child care.
  • Kids Priority One (kidspriorityone.org) – Hampton Roads: Free information and referral service for families in the Hampton Roads Area via website and by calling the Information Line at 757-CHILDREN (757-244-5373) during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. After hours and on weekends, 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373).

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE AND CREDENTIALING