Post # 1
I’m 24, my Fiance is 29, & he’s in the army. We are going to be moving basically right after our wedding, he’s going to be working as a recruiter in MI. I’ve been looking online for jobs in the area, trying to find out information about financial aid for school for military spouses, etc. I figured some of you ladies might have some tips or advice for me, maybe there are programs out there to help with this kind of thing? It’s definitely tough trying to plan a wedding & a move at the same time!
Post # 3
For jobs: usajobs.gov, its like a points system for your resume. Disabled veterans gets the most points, so they will usually be hired first, followed by non disabled vets, followed by military spouses, followed by normal civilians. and for schools theres the mycaa, the government will pay so much towards a spouses associates degree, im not sure of the amount. theres also his gi bill, if he has the post 9 11, if he does 10 years in the army he can transfer it to his depends, you or yalls future kids. another great thing is the family services committee, each branch has their own name for it, they often hold job fairs for military dependent, and information on schools with services for military families. good luck and god bless.
Post # 4
@NaijaPuertoDorian: I was looking at the mycaa program, but if I’ve read it right, I don’t think I qualify. :- He is an E6 & the website I was reading said E1-E5 rankings, plus I already have an associates degree so I think that might keep me from getting anything for that. I also looked on usajobs, but we aren’t moving to a military base, so there wasn’t much available in the area. He did say something about possibly giving me money from the GI bill. I am just a little nervous about moving & not having a job, because I currently work & I feel..weird when I’m not working. It’s a big thing for me to be able to contribute in some way. He’s told me not to worry about working right away, but I’ve always been a pretty independent person, so it’s hard not to worry!
THanks for your help. 🙂
Post # 5
eek. Good luck finding a job in Michigan. That’s where my husband and I are from (we’re currently with the navy in VA). When we first moved to VA I didn’t work. It was strange at first, but after awhile I really loved it. Now I’m in nursing school and that keeps me fairly busy.
As for programs for military spouses/education- MyCAA and spouse scholarship programs are the only ones I am aware exist. For the scholarship programs you usually have to be doing some sort of community service prior. I went back to school for a second degree in Nursing and we’re pretty much paying for it using loans (just like my first degree).
If he’s been in for 6-10 years (I can’t remember which it is) he can transfer his GI benefits over to you. 80 percent of the people I go to school with are using their spouses benefits. My husband has only been commissioned for 3 years so we don’t qualify.
Where in Michigan are you headed?
Post # 6
@maureen9004: I know, I’ve been worried about finding a job there :- He’s not all that concerned about me working, but I am so used to it that it would be weird for me not to work. He’s actually been in for 10 years, so it seems that he could transfer some of his GI bill to me if he wanted to. I really want my main focus to be finishing my BA while we are there, but I want to avoid loans if I can.
We’re actually moving to Saginaw, if you know the area, I’d appreciate any tips/advice on it! 🙂