Apria joins military employment partnership
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Apria Healthcare joined the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership program on Oct. 17 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. The MSEP is an employment and career partnership that connects military spouses with more than 335 partner employers that have committed to hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. “We actively extend our recruiting efforts to veteran spouses because we recognize their strong sense of character, loyalty, commitment and perseverance,” said Bill Guidetti, Apria’s executive vice president for the East Zone, who accepted the induction on behalf of the company. “These qualities resonate strongly with Apria, and we are excited to join this humbling community.” The MSEP program was launched in 2011 by Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of vice president and veteran Joe Biden, as part of the DOD Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program, which seeks to reduce the 23% unemployment rate experienced by military spouses, and close the 25% wage gap experienced by military wives. To date, the MSEP has hired 98,000 spouses and has helped create 5 million jobs across the country.