ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) —
The Department of the Air Force is currently reimbursing service members up to $1,000 to re-establish a spousal-owned small business when permanently changing station or assignment after Dec. 23, 2022.
“Spouse employment is a critical component of success for Airmen and their parents. Dual-earner households contribute to military readiness and allow service members to focus on the mission. Investing in your spouse's career is the right thing to do. “Not only that, but it enables Airmen and parents to serve.” alex wagner, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Personnel and Reserve. “This initiative will also help ease the burden of relocation and help members’ spouses return to work quickly.”
Reimbursements for spouse-owned small businesses apply to PCS or PCA orders on or after December 23, 2022. A member must submit a claim within 24 months from the date the PCS or PCA order is certified.
This new reimbursement can be combined with the existing $1,000 reimbursement for spouses who need to recertify or relicense, increasing the total possible reimbursement amount to up to $2,000.
Members are encouraged to contact their installation's Military and Family Readiness Center if they have questions about eligibility or how to apply. The Service Member's Service Finance Office will work with both the member and his or her spouse to verify eligibility and provide the necessary documentation of eligible expenses to begin the reimbursement process.