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Service Member Support Division Attends Wisconsin Loves Military Spouses

WI Gov. Tony Evers

MADISON, WI — February 14, 2019 — Wisconsin Service Member Support Division (SMSD) programs were represented at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones (MSEEZ) program event focused on serving military spouses. The meeting served as a community engagement event to discuss MSEEZ and the advancement of military spouse employment in Wisconsin.

The meeting was presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and hosted by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce at the StartingBlock building located within walking distance of the capitol. A number of agencies sent representatives including the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Hiring our Heroes, business and civic leaders, employers, entrepreneurs, nonprofit partners, small business owners, and – most importantly- military spouses.

“It was a treat to hear from Gov. Evers and promising to know that military spouse employment is important to our state leadership. The military spouse panel was engaging and identified some of the gaps in service and unique challenges military families face. It was a great platform for discussion. As a community, we hope to change the culture in HR departments and encourage employers to hire these qualified men and women.”
– Staff Sergeant Casey Kautzmann
Employment Assistance Coordinator with the Wisconsin Army National Guard

Among those in attendance were key SMSD stakeholders including division leaders, Citizen Soldier for Life, National Guard Employment Support Program, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves. The morning started with a light breakfast and an hour of networking followed by introductions and remarks from agency leaders. Governor Tony Evers addressed the crowd as the keynote speaker and a military spouse panel shared their stories. A crowd-sourcing discussion closed-out the event.

The Wisconsin Service Member Support Division is committed to assisting service members and their families with employment and career readiness. If you know an unemployed or underemployed military spouse, we can help! If you would like more information about this initiative or SMSD programs, please visit www.wisconsinmilitary.org or contact the family assistance team by calling 1-800-292-9464 option 3. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week!