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August 6, 2013 11:15AM

Ahead of Schedule

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A challenged issued by the White House and Defense department has been met more than two years early.

On August 1, the goal of hiring 50,000 military spouses met, Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told American Forces Press Service. The original deadline to meet the goal was the end of 2015.

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), more than 180 employers that vowed to recruit military spouses, was key to the achievement.

MSEP, part of the broader DoD Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, is a result of the Joining Forces initiative, a 2011 call to action by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden to mobilize support from all sectors of the country to support veterans and their families.

“These achievements would not have been possible without a community of partners, and I really do want to give a shout-out for the strong advocacy … of the first lady, Michelle Obama, and Dr. Jill Biden,” Wright said. 

To learn more about this milestone, please see:  Spouse Employment Effort Surpasses Goal More Than 2 Years Early