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Employment Resources for Military Families

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT


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This is a free webinar hosted by the Personal Finance and the Family Transitions concentration areas of the Military Families Learning Network.

Eddy Mentzer of the Spouse Employment and Career Opportunities program of the Department of Defense’s Family Readiness Policy will start this webinar by discussing the resources and tools this program has in place to support military spouses. He will cover the benefits and the pitfalls of working as a freelancer or contractor, and the “gig economy.” He will also discuss new partnerships SECO has developed to further support military spouses.
Ray Milano, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Veterans Business Development of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will then explain the programs the SBA has to support military spouses, as well as instruction on how to navigate those programs.

Both presenters will share success stories of entrepreneurial military spouses. Webinar attendees working with military service members will leave the webinar knowing where to find resources, partnering organizations, and support when working with military spouses seeking educational or career opportunities.


MFLN Personal Finance is offering AFC-credentialed participants can earn 1.5 CEUs. Get more information here. This webinar is approved for 1.5 general CEUs for FinCert Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CPFC).


Ray Milano, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD).

In his role as Deputy Associate Administrator, Ray assists the OVBD team in formulation, implementation and administration of policies and programs that equip veteran, service member (active duty, National Guard, Reserve), and military spouses with mentoring, training, access to capital, and contracting opportunities.

Eddy Mentzer, Associate Director in the Department of Defense’s Office of Family Readiness Policy with primary responsibility for managing the Department’s Family Readiness and Well-Being policies and programs.  These efforts include policy oversight and support to Military Service delivered Family Readiness and Support Programs and the DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) Program.

In this role, Eddy brings the unique blend and perspective of not only a 27 year Federal Career managing military family support programs, but also that of a military spouse and as the parent of a military child.

Eddy leads a team focused on easing the impact of challenges faced by military families including relocation, transition, financial readiness and spouse employment that result from the mobile military lifestyle.  These endeavors include management of the Military One Source Spouse Career Counseling Center, My Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA), the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) and a myriad of other initiatives focused on the well-being of Service members and their families.


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