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LinkedIn expands free Premium to Coast Guard spouses, caregivers and families of fallen

May 09, 2019 - 2:58 pm

Starting this month, more military and veterans' spouses, children and caregivers can access LinkedIn Premium usage for free.

The professional service, which links jobs with job-seekers, is being expanded to include Coast Guard spouses, Gold Star families and caregivers for veterans for free access to its Premium program.

Last summer, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps spouses were added to the free benefit, which offers one year of free premium service in connecting with a permanent change of station (PCS) move. 

Usually, LinkedIn Premium costs $30 a month, or $360 a year.

"We understand the challenges military spouses face with frequent moves and deployments when it comes to growing their careers," said Sarah Roberts, the head of Military and Veteran Programs at LinkedIn.

More than 650,000 active duty military spouses PCS every 2 to 3 years, disrupting their ability to find jobs and focus on their careers.  The frequent moves has lead to high unemployment or underemployment rates.

The Premium service is also now being offered to any individual who receives the VA Fry Scholarship, which is awarded to spouses and children of those killed in the line of duty during post-9/11 conflicts, and also to family members of wounded veterans who are enrolled in the VA’s caregiver program.

"These parents, spouses, and children of returning service members often disrupt their career paths to take on the important role of caregiver," Roberts said.

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In all, this opens the free one-year service to 25,000 more people.  The benefit is good for one year, but not only once.  For more information on how to access the benefit, click here.

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