July 11, 2011
Army News Service|by Marisa Petrich
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- When searching for a job, Meg Jameson usually finds herself in demand. As a high school chemistry teacher, she has skills useful to plenty of school districts. But Jameson is also an Army spouse, and things have been tougher since she arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord a few weeks ago. She’s applied for four teaching positions and hasn’t had any response. “It’s distressing,” she said. To her good fortune, there are resources for those who left jobs when their servicemember-spouses or family members received orders to change stations. A national emergency grant for $4.8 million was recently awarded to help spouses relocating to Joint Base Lewis-McChord
The grant, which was awarded to the Washington State Employment Security Department and partners by the U.S. Department of Labor, is part of the Base Realignment and Closure Committee action of 2005 and will help 825 military spouses upgrade skills or find new careers.
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