The Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN) hosted a professional development event for military spouse attorneys yesterday in Washington D.C. called Making the Right Moves: Celebration and Education for Military Spouse Attorneys. This event featured educational breakout sessions focusing on career advancement, networking, legislative updates, how to overcome employment barriers, and how to enhance career portability. It was an event that boasted fellowship and intertwined tools for career success.
I was thrilled to represent the National Military Family Association on a panel to discuss hot topics regarding federal and state legislative initiatives affecting military families (and more specifically spouses). As an Association, one of our top priorities is to ensure that military spouses are able to pursue and continue their professional career as they support their service member in this highly mobile lifestyle.
A few legislative highlights from the panel included:
- State legislation: Four states have passed a rule accommodating military spouse attorneys. These include Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, and Idaho. We look forward to being a force multiplier through our advocacy efforts with MSJDN in other states.
- Federal legislation: The Military Spouse Job Continuity Act (S.759 and H.R.1620), if passed, will provide military spouses a tax credit to offset the cost of obtaining a new state-specific license or certificate when the family is ordered to move.
After the forum, several military spouses approached me and asked how they could get involved with our advocacy efforts. One way is to join our Association’s Volunteer Corps. With your voice and personal experience from your local community, we can identify needs and are able to advocate for military families. Another way is to simply stay in touch with us online and on social media. By sharing the victories and shortcomings when it comes to spouse employment, you help us show how important this issue is to our community.
Please know that the National Military Family Association is here with you every step of the way! Our mission is to fight for benefits and programs that strengthen and protect Uniformed Services families and reflect the Nation’s respect for their service.
We would love to hear from you! Engage with our Association through our website, on Facebook, on Twitter @military_family, and through our Branching Out blog. (Subscribe on the top right of this page!) Don’t forget to download our new mobile app MyMilitaryLife.
Posted by Christine Gallagher, Government Relations Deputy Director at the National Military Family Association
For the rollout of the 10 completed Life Paths in our MyMilitaryLife mobile app, we are kicking off a digital scavenger hunt via social media and two winners will each receive FOUR roundtrip tickets courtesy of Southwest Airlines!
Starting today, May 20, we’ll post clues on Facebook at noon ET to help you find keywords hidden in the MyMilitaryLife app. Follow the clues, track the keywords daily, and submit ALL FOUR answers on our website by midnight Sunday, May 26. If you don’t win the first scavenger hunt, follow along on Twitter starting May 28 for a second chance to win! Questions? Leave us a comment below.
Now, share the image below with your friends and let the hunt begin! To get started, visit our website at www.militaryfamily.org/hunt. You must be a military spouse or partner and a registered user of MyMilitaryLife to win.
With more than 10,000 official military and community support websites providing information for military families, it is often difficult to navigate which sites are supplying credible information. To help alleviate this frustration, the National Military Family Association launched the first mobile app of its kind, MyMilitaryLife. The app provides a customized experience that guides users through different life paths by anticipating their needs and determining appropriate resources for them at a particular stage in military life.
There are 10 “Life Paths” that help families navigate the many adventures of military life and address key events a military family might experience during their career. For the first time families have access to trusted information right at their fingertips, specifically identified for their current life challenges and goals.
While every family goes through challenges, the military lifestyle changes quickly and often with unexpected hurdles to overcome quickly, making MyMilitaryLife a critical resource to have for every scenario. Below is an extended look at key features and Life Paths:
- Customized to-do lists
- Tailored resources based on Service branch, location, and needs
- Due date reminders
- Push notifications
- Emergency phone numbers for military families
- Having a Baby
- Transitioning out of the military
- Spouse Education
- Spouse Employment
- The Basics
- Raising Kids
“Military families shouldn’t have to struggle with finding information they need,” said Executive Director, Joyce Raezer. “MyMilitaryLife serves as a trusted one stop shop providing families with credible information, tailored to their specific situation. We’ve verified the resources and have put it into a format that eliminates the stressful search. Understanding our families are often on the go, it is also important to ensure there is access anytime, anywhere.”
MyMilitaryLife is available through iTunes and Google Play, as well as our web portal. Take a look at our video for a quick demo of the app in action. This initiative is made possible thanks to the generosity of BAE Systems, Goldman Sachs Gives, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and additional support from Health Net Federal Services, Hummingbird Foundation, Magellan Health Services, and USAA. If you are interested in contributing to our mobile efforts, please donate here.
To learn more about the National Military Family Association, please visit www.militaryfamily.org.
Have you seen the new updates to MyMilitaryLife? We now offer four new Life Paths—Raising Kids, Having a Baby, Moving, and Reintegration. Remember to answer the new questions that pop up when you visit these Life Paths and be sure to regularly update your profile information in order to have customized content available to you and your family. The more you fill out your profile, the better MyMilitaryLife can tailor information to your life.
In addition to four new Life Paths, we’ve also been working on a new look for the App! The new design features a swipe action and larger images to make it easier to navigate and discover the answers you’ve been looking for. Just swipe your finger right to left to progress to the next Life Path. Once in a Life Path look to the top left of the screen for easy access to the menu that includes your profile, favorites, alerts, help, and a shortcut to other Life Paths.
To get the latest look and additional Life Paths be sure to update your MyMilitaryLife App today. Android users will see the app updates automatically, but iPhone users must manually update the MyMilitaryLife App.
If you loved the old design, don’t worry – in the upper right hand corner of the App is an option to go back to the previous look. Personally, I love the new look and how user friendly it is to swipe from one Life Path to the next.
If you haven’t downloaded MyMilitaryLife, do so today to receive personalized to-do lists to help you navigate the many adventures of military life. MyMilitaryLife is available for free on Android, iPhone, and an online portal at www.MyMilitaryLife.org.
What do you love most about the new upgrade?
By Simmone Quesnell, Content Specialist for MyMilitaryLife at the National Military Family Association
Posted in Our website, Resources + Information
Tagged Android app, iPhone app, military families, military kids, mobile app, moving, MyMilitaryLife, new to the military, PCS, reintegration