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Unemployment Benefits if you Quit Your Job as a Military Wife due to Relocation

Posted by on Monday, January 13, 2014
When I moved from California to South Carolina due to my husband's contract with the navy ending and he found a new job in a different state, I had to quit my job. After sadly turning in my resignation letter after 6 years of working for the company and taking a couple of weeks to move, someone asked me if I had put in my unemployment claim because I was a military wife.

I didn't think I was eligible because I voluntarily quit. But because I had to quit due to my military spouse's job situation, they said that that is the exception to the rule. So after a month of moving to South Carolina, I applied for unemployment benefits for California, since that is where I worked for the last 6 years. After an interview, I received a letter in the mail that I qualified and started receiving money from EDD.  Thankfully, I was eligible because I soon discovered that the job market here in my new town is tough. With a population of just 60,000 people in my city, there aren't a whole lot of opportunities for newcomers like me. My husband could have supported me but I would feel really stressed out knowing that my husband has to completely take care of me financially since I didn't make any income anymore.

Check with your state to see if you're eligible for unemployment benefits if you happen to be in a similar situation as me. Every state is different. California is one of the ones who allowed military spouses to collect unemployment if they had to leave their job due to military-related job relocation. I didn't know this until after I moved but thankfully someone told me so I wanted to post this so you guys are aware too.

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About the Publisher of Sailor Girlfriend.

Born and raised in San Diego, the publisher is a wife of a Navy veteran and has a passion for sharing knowledge and ideas to help other girlfriends, fiances and wives. She started this blog when she was still just a girlfriend of her sweet navy sailor. After dating for 1 year and 4 months, the sailor proposed to her and they got married 7 months later. He got out of the military 3 months after they wed, when his contract ended. Her husband served in the navy for 10 years.



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