By Carson Frame Texas Public Radio
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s initiative Hiring Our Heroes
announced San Antonio as the country’s first Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone on Tuesday.
Business, civic and military communities in the area will partner to create an employment network that targets military spouses. Stakeholders include USAA, Joint Base San Antonio and the Military Officers Association of America.
Military spouses face an uphill battle for employment, with frequent moves disrupting their linear progression in the workplace and making it harder for them to keep jobs.
“Military spouses in the San Antonio area and around the country represent a highly educated and skilled pool of applicants who, despite their skills, continue to face significant rates of unemployment and underemployment,” said Eric Eversole, president of Hiring Our Heroes and vice president at the Chamber.