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    Have Military Spouses Removed Barriers That Prevented Them from Working Overseas?

    Have Military Spouses Removed Barriers That Prevented Them from Working Overseas?

    Jennifer Barnhill is a columnist for .com writing about military families.

    “I was personally victimized by the SOFA,” Beth Conlin said as she shared her experiences with the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), the deals between governments that dictate how service members and their families are treated while posted overseas, with a group of fellow military spouses.

    Roughly 10 years ago, Conlin, like many military spouse professionals, found herself unexpectedly unemployed and living in a foreign country, far from family and friends. But Conlin's frustration with the SOFA was not just that these international agreements limited her ability to transfer her dream job to , but that no one she spoke to with the Department of Defense seemed to know how to help her.

    “When I moved overseas, I asked a question, ‘If I moved to the Munich office [of her current employer], does that affect my SOFA status?'” Conlin recalled. “Nobody could answer me.” Without guidance from the military, her employer, which had international offices and employees working in Germany, did not feel comfortable retaining her.

    As she later discovered, her unemployment was totally avoidable. Conlin could have signed a German employment contract with her company to continue working, get paid in euros and pay German taxes, which would have helped her avoid a five-year gap in employment.

    “Had I known that I was going to lose my job going to Germany;…

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