SHRM Joins White House in Supporting Military Spouses, Families

Apr 12, 2011
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SHRM Joins White House in Supporting Military Spouses, Families

CEO Jackson attends kickoff of national ‘Joining Forces’ initiative

Washington, D.C., April 12, 2011 — In a commitment to support military families, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has joined a White House national initiative, pledging to engage its 255,000 members on the value of hiring military spouses and creating workplaces supportive of employees with connections to the military.

SHRM Interim President and CEO Henry G. (Hank) Jackson attended this morning’s kickoff of the White House program “Joining Forces,” a national initiative to support military families. Announced by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the initiative encourages public awareness and support for military families in the areas of employment, education and wellness.

“Many HR professionals have incorporated innovative workplace strategies to hire military spouses and support families,” Jackson said. “We want to make sure that these effective practices are shared so others can emulate them in their own organizations.”

SHRM has pledged to educate HR professionals and others about the skills that military spouses bring to the workplace and the challenges faced by military spouses and families. It also is committed to:

  • Sharing information on effective and flexible workplace practices that will allow workplace leaders to incorporate military family-friendly practices in their organizations. SHRM’s partner on workplace flexibility, the Families and Work Institute, will contribute to the educational effort.
  • Highlighting tools and resources designed by the federal government and others to help HR professionals find and hire military spouses.

SHRM will create a toolkit that offers guidance on building a workplace focus on hiring and meeting the needs of military spouses. The toolkit will be shared with the Society’s 50 state councils and more than 575 chapters. SHRM also will host a webcast about supportive workplace strategies and incorporate related programming in its six national conferences throughout the year.

SHRM has a longstanding commitment to employees with military connections. Last year, SHRM announced an initiative to find solutions to address the high unemployment rate among military veterans. Since then, it has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to provide SHRM members with tools to recognize the value of hiring veterans and ways to find qualified veteran job candidates. In addition, SHRM and more than 100 of its state councils and chapters have signed statements of support with the organization Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

At its upcoming Annual Conference & Exposition in June in Las Vegas, SHRM will host a special education session for HR professionals who want to learn more about hiring military veterans and spouses, and about supporting Guard and Reserve employees.

Visit the Military Employment Resource Page for details at

Media: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and or Jennifer Hughes at 703-535-6072 and

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