Local military wife petitions White House after being offered, then refused federal job

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email
Connie Crisler

Connie Crisler is fighting mad after receiving a notice declaring she was tentatively granted a new job through the federal Military Spouse Preference program, only to have that job snatched away. (WRDW-TV / May 8, 2012)

News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, May 8, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It is Military Spouse Appreciation Week at Fort Gordon, and one local soldier's wife says she is out of a job due to a technicality and is taking her fight to the White House.

"I can't pay my bills right now," said Connie Crisler. "This policy is written ineffectively."

Crisler is not feeling the love as Military Spouse Appreciation Week rolls around at Fort Gordon.

"They say that we wear the invisible uniform," Crisler said. "That they appreciate us ... so why am I unemployed?"

Crisler is fighting mad after receiving a notice declaring she was tentatively granted a new job through the federal Military Spouse Preference program, only to have that job snatched away.

"You were supposed to confirm my eligibility before you offered and took back a job that I earned, competed for, was selected for," Crisler said.

Her two-year window of eligibility closed during the application process.

"I think the dates could use some tweaking," said Jim Lorraine with the Augusta Warrior Project. "If things aren't going well at home, then you can't focus on your mission."

Crisler is now taking a petition to the White House to change the date. She'll need 25,000 signatures but currently has 123.

"I'm disappointed," Crisler said. "I'm frustrated."

Exactly when that two-year window of eligibility opens is up for debate. The government currently uses the date the family received their orders instead of the date the family actually reports to their new base.

"I want them to change that," Crisler said. "I want them to take accountability for the mistakes that they are making that are causing military spouses not to be able to benefit from this very policy that was written to help them."

Crisler has also reached out to Congressman John Barrow's office.


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