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Military Spouse Employment and Wellbeing Survey

Employment is considered a stabilizing factor for many military and transitioning families, yet military spouses experience unemployment at much higher rates than their civilian counterparts and little is known about the effects this and underemployment may have on their mental health and wellbeing.

This groundbreaking research seeks to educate decision-makers and employers on the unique mental health and wellbeing challenges military spouses may face and how meaningful employment may serve as a protective factor on their wellbeing.

Implications of not addressing wellbeing during one’s unemployment and underemployment can have reported consequences. This research also seeks to identify strategies to improve military spouse wellbeing during their employment journey, which is crucial especially now amid COVID-19.



About the Survey

This survey was open to military spouses or spouses of a veteran who retired or separated from the military within the last three years. Spouses were invited to take this survey regardless of current employment status.

If you took this survey, you are helping Hiring Our Heroes develop tools that address a critical component of the military spouse employment experience as well as refine current offerings that improve work-related wellbeing outcomes for military spouses.

This survey has ended and results are being calculated. Please check back in early February to see the results from this survey. Thank you for your participation!

Survey Results

The findings were shared at our results release event on February 4, 2021. Read the results below or Download the PDF.


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