This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.
Do you know a military family? Are you a military family? No one talks about the challenges that military and spouses face on a daily basis. Whether your spouse is deployed or you are struggling to find work while a spouse is deployed, you’re not alone! Here are some challenges faced by military families every single day.
Your spouse missing important holidays
It’s obvious that when your spouse is deployed or stationed somewhere, they may not have a lot of control over making it to birthdays or holidays. Many military personnel have missed the birth of their own child.
Leaving friends and family
One of the hardest parts of being a military spouse is leaving your friends and family behind. When you are relocated, it can be hard to say goodbye to those you’ve held so close for so long. Part of being a military family is the ability to say goodbye and make new friends! But this is an overlooked challenge faced by military spouses.
Letting go of control
Ah, every human in the world wants to control their life as much as possible. When you are a military spouse, you have to be able to let go of control because you don’t have a lot of control over certain things.
Parenting alone, even when it’s hard
When it comes to being a military spouse, you will be surprised as to how hard it can be when you have to parent alone. Your spouse may be deployed, which means you have to parent alone for an extended period of time. You’ll really need your family and friends to rally behind you during this time.
Finding a job
Whether you are a part of the military or are a military spouse, you know it can be difficult to find a job. I know this has been a stressful part of our lives when my husband was deployed and coming home. Did you know about Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment? I LOVE THIS about Walmart!
Walmart has a goal to hire 250,000 veterans by 2020. NOW – Walmart is making a new commitment, called the Military Spouse Career Connection.
This will give hiring preference to military spouses who apply for a job with Walmart or Sam’s Club beginning on November 12, 2018.
If you need a job as a military spouse, you can head to walmartspouseswithamission.com and get started with the process. You can choose a path for either part- or full-time positions. There are a number of other careers at Walmart. In either path, Walmart will work to get a better idea of where you want to work by having a career conversation with you!
According to the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, Military spouses are a highly educated and very talented group, yet they face a 26 percent unemployment rate compared to their civilian counterparts. More than 75 percent of military spouses want or need work, yet face barriers to finding and maintaining employment due to frequent relocation of their active duty spouses.
Wow, how’s all of this for some perspective?! The next time you want to help a military family, think of some of the challenges they face. You can also share this important information with them.