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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

  • SB 1150: Military Spouse Liaison; position created in Department of Veterans Services, report.
  • HB 2161 & SB 1410 (identical bills): Active military or a military spouse; prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, etc.
  • HB 967 & SB 981 (identical bills): Military service members and veterans; expediting issuance of credentials to spouses, application.
  • Strengthening America’s Military Families Report: Joining Forces and the National Security Council’s report on the Biden-Harris administration’s government-wide commitment to those who also serve: military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors.
  • 1532 – 117th Congress (introduced 5/10/2021): Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act of 2021

MILITARY SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIPS

  • Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) 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) provides military spouses with career development and networking opportunities in military communities around the world.
    • AMPLIFY  is an exclusive two-day event that leads a cohort of military spouses through intensive career preparation, professional development, and networking. AMPLIFY attendees will leave with an improved resume, a professional photo, a polished LinkedIn profile, and a professional network of fellow military spouses and employers.
    • Hiring Events connect military community job seekers from around the globe with American businesses hiring for local, national, and remote opportunities.
    • Military Spouse Fellowship Program (MSFP) & Caregiver Fellowship Program range from six to twelve weeks and connect military spouses and military caregivers with companies that provide experiential opportunities with the goal of hiring.
  • Blue Star Families 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 (HHUSA) 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 (VEC) provides unemployment insurance, job seeker and employer services.
  • Department of Labor (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service – Military Spouses contains information about interstate licensing, licensing reimbursement, occupations with interstate reciprocity agreements and resources to help find state-specific information about occupational requirements. We also have employment resources along with training and support for spouses of military members.
  • Transition Connection Newsletter  – If you are a transitioning service member, Veteran or spouse looking for employment, sign up for the V3 Transition Newsletter called the Transition Connection. V3 Transition collects job postings from employers looking to hire veterans and spouses and sends them out twice each week to our list of subscribers. Each posting will host a unique set of job openings for all levels of occupations all across the Commonwealth. We also include upcoming events for you as well and key information you need to know as a Virginia Veteran or military spouse. In order to join the subscription list, click here.

CHILD CARE RESOURCES

  • Child Tax Credit is a one-stop-shot for information about the CTC, including information about how non-filers can sign up for payments.
  • Childcare Development Centers (CDC) and Child Development Home (CDH) for information/availability at CDC and CDH providers by location. Secure Department of Defense (DoD) website provides a single gateway for you to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide. With MilitaryChildCare.com, you create an account and maintain a household profile that you can access at any time from any location.
  • Virginia Childcare Resource & Referral Network: 1-866-543-7852
  • Child Care Virginia 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 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 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 – Child Care 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 – Hampton Roads provides 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

  • Department of Health Professions 
  • Virginia Board of Bar Examiners
  • Virginia Department of Education
  • Licensure Reimbursement Program: The specific policy and reimbursement procedures vary by service branch. Each service branch may offer up to $1,000 in reimbursement per move for spouses who move within the United States or OCONUS to stateside due to a PCS and want to hold the same license or certification in their new location. Spouses of both active-duty and Reserve Component service members are eligible for this benefit if their members are serving on active duty.
  • Military OneSource – 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.
  • Institute for Veterans & Military Families (IVMF): Also known as Onward to Opportunity (O2O), is a free career training program that provides professional certification and employee support services to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies, and comprehensive career coaching services to prepare and match you with your next career.

OTHER STATE MILITARY SPOUSE RESOURCES/BENEFITS

Military Spouse Healthcare Professionals Path – Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) Program advocates for Military Spouses looking to start or continue a career in Virginia’s healthcare system. The MMAC team is an employment resource, a source of credentialing information, you up for success and potential employment at MMAC Partner Healthcare Systems and Virginia Values Veterans Certified Healthcare Employers statewide. Click here to learn more about the program and apply.

 

Military Education & Workforce Initiative (MEWI) Laptop Initiative: Are you a student veteran or spouse attending Reynolds Community College or J. Tyler Community College? Reach out to your VERITAS representative to express interest in the MEWI Laptop Initiative!

How to obtain a free laptop:

  1. Complete Technology Assistance Application
  2. Provide Proof of Service/Marriage (Spouses)

Applications are reviewed, approved and distributed on a first come-first serve basis until all laptops are distributed.

*The Veteran & Spouse Technology Initiative by the Military Education and Workforce Initiative (MEWI) is sponsored by Altria.

 

The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP) provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who have been rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as totally and permanently disabled or at least 90 percent permanently disabled as a result of military service. Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, or the Virginia National Guard. Click here for information on how to apply.