Military Spouse Magazine

OCT 2018

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O U R L I V E S "I WAS ALWAYS A CAREER WOMAN. THAT WAS MY IDENTIT Y," RECALLS T.T. ROBINSON, SPOUSE OF A NAV Y HELICOPTER PILOT. "When we got orders to Guam, I didn't think I would have issues finding a job. I ended up sending out 75 resumes. It was then that I finally understood what military spouses go through. Often, as a mili- tary spouse, your job has to take the backseat." "My husband just retired in May and we've been married for 16 years," says Lakesha Cole, a Marine Corps spouse, entrepreneur and 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®. "We've PCSed six times and I've had 10 jobs. It wasn't until the 10 th job that I just decided I couldn't keep up with reinventing myself in that capacity every time we PCSed, so I decided to create my own job and en- trepreneurship proved to be the best career path." Stories like those of Robinson and Cole are common in the military spouse community. Somewhere between 12 and 25 percent of military spouses are unemployed, with an additional 25 percent facing underemploy- ment, meaning they are underpaid or have skills that are underutilized compared to their training. >> It's Personal Paving the path for milspouse employment. By April Deocariza, Air Force Spouse Photos of Lakesha and Senator Kaine by Erin J Photography TIM KAINE U.S. SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA LAKESHA COLE MARINE CORPS SPOUSE AND ENTREPRENEUR 16 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / OCTOBER 2018

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