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Military Spouses are Determined and Passionate, Meet Deidre McVay-Schulmeister

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Deidre McVay-Schulmeister Military Spouse Begin Within Diversity

A little bit of grit, and a whole lotta love.

Military spouses are just that… spouses.

Military spouses all have something in common, they married a service member. Many people say, “You knew what you were getting into when you married a soldier.”

HECK NO! Not true.

Military spouses have NO idea what they are signing up for when they sign the dotted line on their marriage certificate. A fiance may get warned, “this is a hard life” but a single sentence could never sum up the life of a military spouse.

The long periods of separation, anxiety for your service member’s safety and wellbeing during a deployment, single parenting children who are heartbroken and miss their other parent… There is no adequate preparation when entering life as a military spouse.

Meet Deidre McVay-Schulmeister.

Deidre McVay-Schulmeister is a US Air Force Spouse and works for the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque as the Development and Membership Associate, for which she operates the museum’s entire membership program, from exclusive event planning to record keeping, and serves on the host committee for the American Museum Membership Conference’s first ever virtual conference coming up in October.

In her spare time, she is also an independent Senior Designer for Origami Owl, a company that fosters building community and empowering others through customizable jewelry that gives everyone the opportunity to share their own stories.

You can connect with Deidre on LinkedIn.

“What benefit do you believe military spouses bring to the workforce?”

When I asked Deidre, “What benefit do you believe military spouses bring to the workforce?” here was her response:

“Military spouses bring passion and determination to their new cities or towns. The passion milspouses have is definitely putting others, especially their military spouse, before themselves. Milspouses put their preferred careers on hold or shift in another direction in order to give their spouse better opportunities to serve our country.

My career path definitely changed when I decided to be with my husband, but my work experiences and my bachelor’s and master’s degrees have allowed me to find work in different industries. Milspouses show their determination through facing many job searches and/or denials, and I know I have faced my faced my fair share of job searches and being turned down. However, this shows resiliency as well. I, alongside my fellow milspouses, do not let the word “no” stop me from finding a job and providing for my family, alongside my husband.

Milspouses show resilience, especially when their spouse deploys or goes on TDY or extended TDY. While their spouse is travelling to further serve our country, milspouses are at home taking care of the household operations, working a full-time or part-time job, and making sure that their children are cared for…on their own balancing it all!

No matter the challenges that are faced while their spouse is not home, milspouses show resiliency by being the strength needed through this tough time and knowing their sacrifice is appreciated.

Passion and determination are important qualities for someone to have and that many organizations need for their staff. Balancing work and home life, having the determination and passion to face any challenge head on, and being the strength that someone needs to lead them through a tough time are qualities that I believe make milspouses exceptional people to work for any organization. We are not afraid of a challenge and we are ready to aim our goals and an organization’s goals high!” ~Deidre McVay-Schulmeister