MilSpouseFest, the modern network for military spouses, was thrilled to return to the San Diego and Camp Pendleton area for its final in-person events of the year.
Beth Zimmerman spent years working in architecture and as what she calls a “solopreneur.” However, with a drive to help veterans and service members and a passion for pets, Zimmerman started her nonprofit organization to help bring our nation’s heroes and shelter pets together for companionship.
Presented by USAA, MilSpouseFest hosted all-star panels for each event day to tackle questions on employment and entrepreneurship for the military spouse community. MilSpouseFest delivered these events using Whova, a mobile-friendly app, which encourages attendee engagement and allows for spouses to connect with each other and the resource exhibitors.
Amy Schweizer, a career-driven individual in the sports industry and a Marine spouse, had to redefine herself after a PCS and raising children. Little did she know that a volunteer opportunity with youth soccer in Okinawa, Japan, would turn into Tiny Troops Soccer, a sports organization for military children to learn the fundamentals of soccer.
Even with all the resources available, the spouse unemployment rate is four to six times the national average, and many barriers keep military spouses from finding their place in the job world.
MilSpouseFest spoke with Erica Brophy about the loss of the love of her life and the grieving process that turned into a project to help fellow Gold Star Families—those whose loved ones died serving their country.