Sabrina Barbieri, a Bank of America employee, knows how difficult it can be for a military spouse to keep steady employment. Sabrina, a Ventura County resident, is married to a Navy Seabee based at Naval Base Ventura County who was relocated to Hawaii in 2012.
While frequent moves can be stressful, there was one thing Sabrina didn’t have to worry about – her job. Sabrina was able to work closely with her manager to ensure stable employment.
For the first six weeks of their relocation, Sabrina and her husband were living out of a hotel as they tried to secure more permanent arrangements. Luckily, Sabrina was allowed to work remotely and didn’t skip a beat with her work. Sabrina has been with the bank for the past 10 years and currently serves as a operations consultant.
According to the Department of Defense, the unemployment rate for civilian spouses of active duty service members is 26 percent compared to today’s U.S. unemployment rate of 5 percent. It also found that military families relocate 10 times more than the average family.
Today, more and more companies are making an effort to hire not just veterans but their family members as well. Bank of America works to accommodate and hire military spouses, specifically through the Job Transition Assistance Program which helps military spouses find a new position in a different state or city.
Additionally, the bank’s employee network, the Military Support and Assistance Group, enables members of the military and their families to connect with mentors and peers throughout the bank.