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Immediate Release

DoD Hosts Annual Virtual Military Spouse Symposium

In celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Month in May, the Defense Department Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program will host its sixth annual Virtual Military Spouse Symposium on May 10-12.

This year’s theme is “2022 for YOU — More for Your MilLife.” The free event will introduce military spouses to proven tools and techniques for powering their approach to achieving career, personal and family goals. The event will close with an interactive networking opportunity with other military spouses from around the world, DOD leadership and SECO program team members.

During the symposium, military spouses can explore real world examples to develop their unique brand, setting goals and gaining work experience, understanding and tailoring the job search, mastering finances and improving relationships.

“The Virtual Military Spouse Symposium is the premier Defense Department event for military spouse empowerment and goal setting,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Patricia Montes Barron. “We know investing in yourself translates into good outcomes for your family.”

DOD will host the Virtual Military Spouse Symposium via the Zoom platform, making it accessible to military spouses around the globe. All are welcome to attend no matter what phase of their military life and career they are in.

Registration is now open.

For more information, call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to speak with a SECO career coach, start a live chat and visit the SECO website to register for the event.  

To learn about other events throughout May that celebrate and support military spouses, visit the Military Spouse Appreciation Month page on the Military OneSource website.    

About Military Community and Family Policy 

Military Community and Family Policy is directly responsible for establishing and overseeing quality-of-life policies and programs that help our service members, their families and survivors be well and mission-ready. Military OneSource is the gateway to programs and services that support the everyday needs of the 5.2 million service members and immediate family members of the military community. These Defense Department services can be accessed 24/7/365 around the world.

About Spouse Education and Career Opportunities  

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities. The DOD established the SECO program to provide education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide, offering free, comprehensive resources and tools designed to help spouses meet their career and education goals. This program also offers free career coaching services six days a week.