Support for Military and Veteran Spouses

The Veterans Employment Center can help spouses and family members access valuable career resources.

Through the Department of Defense’s Spouse Education Career Opportunities (SECO) program, spouses can use government-sponsored career and education resources, take advantage of networking opportunities, and work with employment counselors. SECO also partners with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) and My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) scholarship program. These organizations and others (such as Blue Star Families) offer assistance for spouses interested in the following:

  • Connecting with employers committed to hiring military spouses.
  • Pursuing additional education and/or training.

Are you eligible for SECO services?

Yes, if:

  • You are the spouse of an active-duty, National Guard, or Reserve Servicemember in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, or Air Force.
  • You are the spouse of a Servicemember who has been separated from active duty, National Guard, or Reserves for less than 180 days.
  • You are the surviving spouse of a Servicemember who died while on active duty.

Other programs

  • The Military Spouse eMentor Program links spouses to career-specific mentors.
  • The Military Spouse Fellowship Program offers 50 spouses a year (at no cost to themselves) the opportunity to earn the Accredited Financial Counselor® certificate.
  • If you are a surviving spouse, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors offers seminars, peer mentors, and other forms of support to help you complete your education or find a sustainable career.
  • Spouses can attend Department of Labor Employment Workshops (DOLEW) online through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Virtual Curriculum on Joint Knowledge Online, on the Department of Labor website, or in person at some military installations. These workshops focus on building résumés and cover letters as well as developing networking and interviewing skills.

Start your own business

If entrepreneurship interests you, learn about everything from start-up costs to business, accounting, and financial assistance with three programs: SCORE, the Small Business Administration(SBA), and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.

How it works

Sign up for a current DS Logon ID. This is the same login used for online services like TRICARE. If you are unsure of your DS Logon, visit My Access Center.

  • Request a logon account.
  • Register on the SECO site.