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DoD Partners With LinkedIn, Offers Military Spouses Free Membership

From a Defense Department News Release

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2018 The Defense Departments Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program is launching a new partnership with LinkedIn -- the virtual professional networking platform.

Military spouses will soon have access to a free LinkedIn Premium membership, valid for one year, every time they have a permanent-change-of-station move, including access to more than 12,000 online professional courses through LinkedIn Learning, as well as access to LinkedIns military and veterans resource portal. The membership is also available for the spouse of a service member who is within six months of separation from the military.

The partnership with LinkedIn will offer military spouses a great opportunity to advance their careers during their times of transition, said Eddy Mentzer, associate director of family readiness and well-being in DoDs Office of Military Community and Family Policy. Spouses will be able to access a global network of professionals any time, from any place. They can plan their next career step before they move, as soon as they have orders [for a permanent change of station].

*More Than Networking*

A premium account includes enhanced insights comparing users to other applicants, on-demand learning, and use of the InMail feature, where users can send direct messages to LinkedIn members theyre not connected to. As corporate interest in hiring military spouses steps up, DoD and LinkedIn will be using the military spouse LinkedIn group to connect spouses to each other and employers.

It is important for military spouses to see LinkedIn Premium as more than just enhanced networking. LinkedIn has developed a learning path specific to military spouses to help them find and succeed in remote, flexible, and freelance work opportunities, Mentzer said. Additionally, LinkedIn provides enhanced resources for spouses that own and operate their own business as well as for employers to search the military spouse community for potential employees.

The LinkedIn partnership is designed to help military spouses overcome a common challenge -- sustaining steady employment. The number one contributing factor to military spouse unemployment is continual relocation from duty station to duty station. On average, active-duty military personnel move once every two to three years, more than twice as often as civilian families, and military spouses move across state lines 10 times more frequently than their civilian counterparts.

*Empowering Spouses*

Empowering our community of military spouses to reach their personal and professional goals is part of maintaining a healthy military community, said A.T. Johnston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. We encourage military spouses to take advantage of the LinkedIn Premium membership opportunity as just one of many tools available to them through the SECO program.

Military spouses interested in the LinkedIn Premium upgrade can visit MySECO [ https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/?source=GovDelivery ] for more information and to learn how best to maximize this new service. Eligible military spouses are expected to have access to the LinkedIn Premium membership later this summer.

The DoD established the SECO program to provide education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide, offering free comprehensive resources and tools related to career exploration, education, training and licensing, employment readiness and career connections. This program also offers free career coaching services six days a week. This program may further develop partnership with private sector firms such as LinkedIn for purposes of enhancing employment opportunities for military spouses pursuant to authority in Section 1784 of Title 10, United States Code. The formation of such partnerships does not signify official DoD endorsement of any such private-sector entity or its products or services. Learn more about the SECO program by visiting Military OneSource [ https://www.militaryonesource.mil/?source=GovDelivery ] or calling 800-342-9647 to speak to a SECO career coach.

Disney World’s Shades of Green

MILITARY STAR Offers Value for Military Community at Disney World’s Shades of Green
June 18, 2018 / Marisa Wolfe

DALLAS – Service members can enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World vacations with the help of the MILITARY STAR® card, which offers an affordable way to stay at Shades of Green resort in Orlando, the Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) tax-free resort on Disney property.

The MILITARY STAR card can also be used to purchase tickets to Disney and Orlando attractions through Shades of Green. Events and weddings at the resort can be paid for with the card as well. And shoppers can grab all the gifts and souvenirs they need right on site—an Army & Air Force Exchange Service Express store at the resort sells affordable Disney souvenirs and more—tax-free. And cardholders enjoy one of the industry’s lowest interest rates.

Read more: Disney World’s Shades of Green

Aaron Hall recognized as National Guard's 'Military Child of the Year'

By Devon L. Suits April 24, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Actively seeking opportunities to help others is something that Aaron Hall, a 16-year-old Minarets High School junior from O'Neals, California, constantly strives to do.

"Life is from B to D -- from birth to death -- but there is a C in between. That C stands for the choices we make during our lives," Aaron said, paraphrasing his favorite quote from an anonymous author.

Read more: Aaron Hall recognized as National Guard's 'Military Child of the Year'

Military Children: Strong, Resilient, Adaptable Individuals

By Air Force Airman 1st Class Valentina Viglianco 
11th Wing 

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md., April 27, 2018 April is designated as the Month of the Military Child and is a time to honor the sacrifices of the more than 1.7 million children of military members serving in the U.S. and overseas.

Military children go through different challenges than civilian children, said retired Air Force Master Sgt. Jose Cerna, a parent of two military children. With todays operations tempo of the military and all the deployments military members have to go through, the children have to stay behind and have to be strong without their parent[s].

Read more: Military Children: Strong, Resilient, Adaptable Individuals