female posing for photoBridge My Return (BMR) is now open to military and Veteran spouses and caregivers to help them find meaningful employment.

Military spouses often make personal career sacrifices to follow their service member’s military career. These may include moves every 2-3 years, postings to remote duty stations with limited career opportunities, or multiple deployments of their service member, effectively leaving them as single parents.

Sarita Connelly is a Veteran spouse of a retired Marine. She has a stellar bio that includes professional achievements in financial services, non-profit management and education. She’s received leadership awards, graduate certificates and professional licenses, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree.

As her career was skyrocketing, she began a 13-year trek as a military spouse. This created mandatory job changes and limited promotion opportunities.

Now, she is a caregiver for her disabled father, an Illinois National Guardsman from the Korea Era. Her search for a new job has been met with scrutiny over resume gaps and job changes rather than employers being wowed by her achievements and sacrifices.

Connelly is not alone.

Today, the military spouse unemployment rate sits at a staggering 38%, according to a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes study. The national rate stands at 5.9%.

What is BMR doing to improve the situation?

Leveraging Technology

Bridge My Return software uses a skills-to-skills matching algorithm to circumvent skills misunderstanding and prevent pigeonholing. BMR members build a profile, which takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. For service members, BMR has mapped skills to their MOS. They select the skills BMR suggests for that military job and indicate their skill level.

But the MOS obviously does not apply to the military spouse. So, BMR has created an MSO (Military Spouse Orientation), which summarizes and presents skills many military spouses have in common, such as service orientation, social perceptiveness, time management, coordination, critical thinking, monitoring and active listening.

Jobseekers then select other skills from a skills bank – skills picked up over the course of a career. In Connelly’s case, she would include management of financial resources, negotiation, management of people, leadership, influencing and complex problem solving to name a few.  She would then be matched to positions requiring those skills – jobs and careers with a wide array of military-ready employers ready to hire.

Educating Employers 

Being military-ready means being military-spouse-ready.

As we see it, most recruiters view the military spouse resume like any other resume. They shouldn’t. It must be viewed through a different lens. We educate them on how to do so. BMR’s training curriculum includes helping organizations understand these nuances so they’re able to see the whole person.

Today, the trend towards work-from-home jobs is game-changing for military spouses, Veteran spouses and caregivers. In some companies, every job can be done from home. A great example of this is Origin8, a tech startup. They plan to hire up to 600 Veterans and spouses over the next two years via the BMR platform – all from home, all with flexible hours. And all perfect for spouses and caregivers.

The combination of job-matching technology, employer education and the national push for better work-life balance is a killer combo that rapidly changes the narrative.

Let’s create the energy for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Military spouses, Veteran spouses and caregivers (and, of course, Veterans, too) can get started here.

Interested employers please contact BMR for more information at info@bridgemyreturn.com

Website: www.bridgemyreturn.com

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on part of VA.

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14 Comments

  1. Martha Olszewski August 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Canot reach site www. caregiver

  2. Pat Gatt August 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

    I am a 67 year old spouse of a deceased Vietnam Veteran. Due to Covid, I am afraid to work in the public anymore due to my underlying medical issues that make it unsafe and increasingly harder for me to continue to work in my normal job. I still want and NEED to work but I need to work remotely (from home). Are there any jobs for me out there? I have many years of experience and am computer literate.
    My background is in customer service and sales.

  3. Patricia Matey August 3, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Is there any help or information for a wife who is taking care of a veteran?

    • Cindi August 4, 2021 at 2:09 pm

      Check out the Caregiver support program, you might qualify for a Stipend. http://WWW.caregiver .va.gov.
      It is not employment, but it is SOmEthing.

  4. Betsy Lewis-Bowie August 3, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    I’m the wife of a disabled veteran. We were not married when he was active duty. Do I still qualify? Or is it only for military spouses and those who served?

  5. Donna Booker August 1, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    I am a retired vet, who is still workiing as a caregiver. I would love a job from home. Pls keep me in nind.

  6. fred jaaskolka August 1, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    is there any help or info for a veteran who is the caretaker 24/7/365 ?

  7. Judy Rabon July 30, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    I need a work from home job.

  8. Mireille Beauzile July 30, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Mireille Beauzile
    I’m looking for jobs that are 100% work from home. What are the possibilities?

  9. Karen Speaks July 29, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    I’m interested in this job opportunity for vets spouses and caregivers. Please let me know if there are any positions that are remote. Thank you.

  10. Deborah Kent July 29, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    I’m looking for jobs that are 100% work from home. What are the possibilities?

  11. Claudia Steinhauser July 29, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    An article that loops and never actually goes to any tangible job listing. Again. Second attempt because I received an error that said, “you are posting too quick. Please slow down” Ugh, I guess that says it all.

  12. Maxine Raymond July 29, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    HELLO , I’D LOVE TO WORK AGAIN .
    PLEASE CONTACT ME .

  13. Sal Raciti July 29, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Are there any jobs available that are 100% at home?

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