Fort Stewart job fair could bring jobs to unemployed military spouses


On Thursday, RecruitMilitary will hold a job fair at Fort Stewart's Club Stewart. The event's leaders hope to bring jobs to active military, veterans, and their families.

This job fair might be particularly useful to military spouses.

Some military spouses struggle to find jobs, as some employers don't like that they move around so much.

The issue has received national attention as President Donald Trump recently signed a bill to expand federal employment for military spouses.

It's an issue that affects some families at Fort Stewart.

"Once they found out that I was affiliated with the military, they didn't want to interview me" said Joyce Lynn.

Lynn's husband is stationed at Fort Stewart. She and her family moved to Hinesville this past March. She said no one will hire her.

"It's just really difficult because my husband is field artillery, and they pretty much ask me 'Do I have any family in the area,' and if I don't I'm not qualified to get a job because they're worried about me having to quit on such short notice," said Lynn.

She doesn't know what she's going to do.

"It feels kind of hopeless," said Lynn.

In a study done by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, researchers found the unemployment rate for military spouses is four times higher than the national unemployment rate for adult women.

Military officials say spouses like Lynn are more than qualified for work because of their background.

"They're diverse. They've been in different circumstances. They have judgment. They know what's right and what's wrong," said Doug Turner, RecruitMilitary's event director.

Turner is a US Marine Corps veteran. Now he sets up job fairs for active military, veterans, and their families. His passion is to help them get jobs.

"To me it's personal because I'm here to go to that veteran and that spouse and I'm there to assist," said Turner.

One veteran's wife said military families deserve a fair chance.

"I honestly think there's a lot of them out there that could handle their jobs if they were given the chance," said Diane Busbee. Her husband served in the military.

The job fair will last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To register, click here.

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