AmeriForce Media, a veteran-owned print and media company, will be inducted into the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) during a virtual ceremony Wednesday.
Founded in 1999, the company is the publisher of Military Families Magazine, Reserve & National Guard Magazine, and Military Influencer Magazine. Its team is comprised of staff and independent contractors who share a military affiliation. Because of its longstanding reputation of working with military spouses, AmeriForce Media is proud to join 85 new partners who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses. Since its inception in 2011, MSEP employers have hired more than 175,000 military spouses.
The country’s strong focus on hiring veterans has undoubtedly lowered the unemployment rate of U.S. veterans, while employers continue to target another challenge. Military spouses are among the most educated demographics in the country, but face a 24% unemployment rate and a 25% wage gap compared to their civilian counterparts.
For over 20 years, AmeriForce Media has committed to build on its reputation as a military-friendly company by sourcing talent from within the military community, including writers, photographers, videographers and editors.
“Trends within the spouse demographic show that portability and flexibility work with the components of military life, so our team increased opportunities and compensation across our media portfolio,” Bianca Strzalkowski, Managing Editor, said. “I know first-hand as a military spouse there is nothing more defeating than having a specific skill with little opportunity for career growth due to my family’s geographic location or demands due to my husband’s service. We must invest in our community and create viable income streams for military spouses and utilize our position with MSEP to elevate the value of hiring spouses to our fellow partners.”
“Hiring military spouses isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s a sound business decision that contributes to our bottom line and the longevity of the company. The dirty little secret is that spouses are exceptional employees. If you can design a job around their constraints, then you will have investment that pays dividends for many years to come,” Todd Taranto, Publisher, said.
For those interested in viewing AmeriForce Media’s induction into the partnership, the Defense Department will live stream the opening session on the Military OneSource Facebook page and individual induction ceremonies will be livestreamed on the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Facebook page at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. EST.
The MSEP initiative is part of DOD’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program. The department 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.Read comments