Lake St. Louis, MO, August 26, 2017 –(– Building upon the long-term success of the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) and its military spouse employment initiatives, the Schultz Family Foundation recently directed a $250,000 grant to MSCCN from its donor advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The award supports job placement and employment success of our nation’s military spouse community.

Military spouses face unique challenges related to their military member’s service. Frequent moves, uncertainty over stay in one geographic location, and designation as the primary parent contribute to the military spouse’s negative employment outlook. A recent study placed military spouse unemployment at 16%, approximately four times the national average for women. Spouses face gaps in employment, inconsistent training, and license transfer difficulties that impact their career trajectory, self-actualization, and family’s financial security and future.

Speaking out on the impact of military service on spouse employment, Deb Kloeppel, Founder and President of CASY & MSCCN explained, “Military service should not preclude spouses from building their own careers and contributing to their families’ long-term security. Our programs expand employment opportunities and facilitate job placements. They also address key employment issues and hurdles by offering innovative solutions to successfully combat spouse underemployment. We are excited to have the support of The Schultz Family Foundation and look forward to the successful outcomes of their support.”

“We are pleased to support MSCCN in assisting military spouses to build their careers,” said Daniel Pitasky, executive director of the Schultz Family Foundation. “They sacrifice in many ways to support our military and their families and we are working to ensure that they do not have to sacrifice their careers as well.”

Through this grant, MSCCN will increase the number of military spouses placed into meaningful jobs which match their skills, qualifications, and needs. MSCCN’s model expands relationships with employers that want to hire military spouses and educates recruiters on the value that military spouses bring to the company.

Interested spouses can sign up for MSCCN’s free services at

About Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
MSCCN was chartered in 2004 as a private sector non-profit organization with the mission to provide no-cost employment readiness, vocational training, and one-on-one job placement services for military spouses and caregivers of war wounded. All MSCCN employment and training programs are supported by solid partnerships with major corporations, recruiters, mid-size companies, and small businesses that provide employment opportunities for our Military-affiliated job seekers. MSCCN’s state-of-the-art Gateway technology, built by Kenexa/IBM, provides real-time, verifiable tracking and outcome reports to our employment partners, Military, and donors. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Amy Rossi at [email protected]. Learn more about MSCCN at and on Twitter @MSCCN.

The Schultz Family Foundation:
The Schultz Family Foundation was co-founded in 1996 by Sheri Kersch Schultz and her husband Howard Schultz, chairman of Starbucks Coffee Company. Guided by a belief that an “inequality of opportunity” is stifling America’s potential, the Foundation invests in innovative programs and partnerships that remove barriers to success and create new pathways to opportunity. The Schultz Family Foundation currently supports two national signature initiatives: Onward Youth and Onward Veterans. For more information, visit or follow them on Twitter @SchultzFamilyFd.

Contact Information:
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
Amy Rossi
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