The psychological well being toll of navy partner unemployment

The Spouse Angle is a podcast that breaks the news down for military spouses and their families. Each episode introduces subject matter experts and military guests dealing with current events from a military perspective – from new policy changes to exploring the challenges of family life. The podcast is hosted by Natalie Gross, a freelance journalist and former reporter for the Military Times who grew up in a military family.

New research is shedding light on how unemployment can affect the mental health of spouses and their families. In this episode, two spouses share their struggles and how they eventually found work success.

The Hiring Our Heroes resource “Wellbeing at Work” mentioned below can be found here.

This week’s guests:

Meredith Lozar is the Senior Director of Military Spouse Programs at Hiring Our Heroes, an initiative of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In this role, she leads the organization’s strategic assessment of professional challenges for military spouses, leads the implementation of programs to address these challenges, and builds partnerships that create global employment opportunities for military spouses. As the spouse of the Marine Corps, Lozar also identifies and promotes various military spouse initiatives and acts as the subject matter expert on issues affecting military spouses and families.

Amy Schwartz works as HR manager at a real estate investment trust in New York City and oversees everything that has to do with people and culture for 150 employees. She previously worked at Caesars Entertainment in leadership development and culture and at USAA in talent acquisition. In her spare time, Schwartz volunteers as the founder and leader of the professional network “Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse” at Cannon Air Force Base, where she helps military spouses build meaningful and sustainable careers.

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