May 9 (UPI) — President Donald Trump is scheduled to host a celebration of military mothers and spouses at the White House Wednesday afternoon.
The event is set for 3:10 p.m. EDT and will be streamed live.
The White House said U.S. military spouses, who number about 690,000, often face challenges about whether to enter the workforce, how many hours to give and in what occupation — and all are subject to geographical and temporal constraints that come with active military life.
“Spouses of service men and women stationed abroad are particularly disadvantaged, as foreign hosts often do not grant spousal work visas,” the White House Council of Economic Advisers said with the release of a six-page report Wednesday that details the challenges.
Even stateside assignments can bring difficulties, as military families typically move every two to three years.
“In anticipation of frequent moves, employers may be reluctant to hire military spouses or they may offer these workers a lower wage in an attempt to recover turnover costs,” the council said.
A 2017 report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed many military bases are located more than 50 miles from an urban center.