CBRE And Evolution Forces Families: Helping Our Unsung Heroes

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leaving the military can be a daunting prospect. Starting out in the civilian world can take a toll, if the transition isn't properly handled. Veterans need support and opportunities, which is why the CBRE Group, Inc. has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® Employer designation from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse, for the sixth year running for its military friendly practices in the States. CBRE is committed to creating career opportunities for military talent. It values the skills and leadership qualities that are deeply ingrained in individuals with current and prior experience in the US military. It recognises that recruiting from the military community can lead to strategic competitive advantage.

American companies who have earned the 2017 Military Friendly® Employer designation have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful jobs for transitioning service members, veterans and spouses. The list of Military Friendly® Employers is provided to service members and their families, to help them discover the best post-military career opportunities available. This year, more than 200 companies participated to be included in the list, which has a robust vetting process overseen by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders within the higher education and military recruitment community.

Life during deployments for military families can hardly be described as normal. Military spouses face an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression, sleeping problems and other mental disorders as the result of the stress of separation and fear for their service members’ lives. Military children can also face developmental challenges resulting from similar stresses, frequent moves and households managed by single parents. The financial burdens on military families can be significant and imposing.

Offering a solution in the UK, is Nadine Monks, owner of Evolution Forces Families. Monks runs a series of networking groups specifically for military spouses to help them with self-employment; which is often the only viable route of a second income around their highly mobile lifestyles.

Evolution Forces Families offers a free business start-up course and mentoring programme run by experienced business advisers. The courses are relaxed and as much fun as possible, and encourage the group to support each other throughout the process. The course is called the Dependants’ Business Start-Up Programme and provides transferable skills and business support required to start and maintain a business. It’s available to the dependants of Armed Forces personnel, and veterans and reservists from all three services at no cost regardless of location. It’s funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and HSBC.

When service members enlist, their families enlist with them. These military families face unique concerns and challenges, especially after 14 years of continuous deployments. While the reunion of family members can be a happy time, it can also have unforeseen emotional challenges. Changes in family members’ roles and responsibilities can make reunions difficult and create conflict. This is why the support offered by CBRE and Evolution Forces Families are lifelines to these communities who have given their lives in service for their countries.

Photo Credit: Evolution Forces Families