Goodwill Recognizes Military Spouses on Veterans Day

November 11, 2016 |

November 11, 2016


Memphis, TN — As we collectively honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Memphis Goodwill, recognizes the contributions of military spouses and the services and support they need to build their careers. Because of the transient and demanding nature of military life, spouses must often put their civilian careers on hold as their loved ones serve our nation.

A recent survey by Blue Star Families found that unemployment and underemployment of military spouses is a challenge to military families. While the civilian unemployment rate hovers at 5 percent, some estimates put the jobless rate for military spouses at more than 18 percent. In addition, spouses who have jobs often are working in positions that fall below their level of experience and education.

To tackle this growing issue, Memphis Goodwill, offers employment support to veterans through its job centers and by participating in programs such as Hiring our Heroes (a program aimed at providing workshops and resume reviews at job fairs around the country). The Goodwill Job Centers offer free resume help, career search & placement services, hosts job fairs, and more.

Through these and other programs, Goodwill Industries International, Inc. and its independent and autonomous organizations around the country, have hired 4,783 and served 231,531 veterans and family members, since 2011.

To learn more about Memphis Goodwill’s Job Centers, visit our Job Center page.

About Memphis Goodwill

Memphis Goodwill Industries was founded in 1927 as a territory of the nationwide Goodwill Industries movement. Today, the organization employs more than 770 people in west Tennessee and north Mississippi, many of whom face significant barriers to employment. For more information about Goodwill in Memphis, store locations, or hours of operation, call (901) 323-6221 or visit


Rod Kirby
Digital Media Coordinator

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Email: rkirby [at] goodwillmemphis [dot] org
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