Published: December 3, 2019
We’re proud to announce that AT&T will be awarding a $50,000 grant in support of Blue Star Families’ Spouseforce program, which connects military spouses to employment opportunities in their communities. The company’s support will go a long way toward helping us empower those who serve our country.
According to our 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, the unemployment rate of our nation’s military spouses is at 24%, and 95% of those spouses are women. Not to mention, 51% of military family respondents identified spouse under/unemployment as a top obstacle to financial security. For those reasons, AT&T is proud to hire veterans and their family members and to support training and skills-building programs that put veterans on the path to career success.
Most notably, AT&T recently reached its goal to hire 20,000 veterans by 2020, and the company remains focused on identifying new opportunities for veterans and their families so that they can continue to succeed in a variety of industries.
A great example of AT&T’s commitment to hiring military veterans and their families is Jamie Rufolo, a military spouse who has been with the company for the past 20 years. AT&T initially hired Jamie in 1999 after she had worked with the company as a college intern. Upon marrying her husband, U.S. Army Major Dennis Rufolo, in 2006, Jamie’s family has relocated almost every two years to new military posts.
AT&T made it possible for Jamie to build her career while supporting her husband’s service and caring for her family. During her time with the company, Jamie has held ten positions in ten cities, from coast to coast, and traveled for work assignments to more than 16 countries and 26 states.
Alongside her career at AT&T, where she trains and supports FirstNet consultants who deliver lifesaving tools to America’s first responders, Jamie makes time to give back and help other military families by providing mutual support. Jamie formerly served as National President of the Employee Resource Group, AT&T Veterans, comprised of ~10,000 employees across the nation, understanding personally the sacrifices and unique life challenges that military life brings.
Jamie says she had no idea when she first joined AT&T how much her lifestyle and circumstances would change. Still, she is grateful to have found a company that recognizes the importance of military service and supporting military families. It is stories like hers that remind us of how important it is to join forces with Blue Star Neighbors like AT&T, and we’re very grateful for the company’s generous support of our Spouseforce initiative to make a genuine social and economic impact.