Hosts Webinar for Military Spouses Addressing How to Manage Everyday Stress

Webinar to Be Held on May 21; Expert and Veteran Retired Colonel James Martin to Discuss Strategies Military Families Can Use to Ensure the Four Pillars of Well-Being Are Part of Their Lives

BUFFALO, NY--(Marketwire - May 15, 2012) - today announced the next installation in its Salute to Homecoming webinar series, "Is it Supposed to be Like This?" focusing on topics surrounding the family transition that happens after a deployed service member returns home. The webinar, titled "Is it Supposed to be Like This: Coping with the Change, Stress and Chaos of Military Life," will be held on May 21 at 11 a.m. EDT and will highlight coping strategies military spouses can use to navigate the ups and downs of military life. The webinar is offered for free for all military spouses and their families.

The webinar will be led by combat veteran and Retired Army Colonel James (Jim) Martin. Colonel Martin spent 26 years in the Army Medical Department and is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and has more than 40 years of professional social work practice. As a combat veteran Colonel Martin is very in tune with the unique issues military families face. Additionally, both during his active duty and since his retirement, he has served in many roles that address mental health issues among members of the military and their families. Some of his published work includes serving as one of the primary authors of "What We Know About Army Families: 2007 Update" (Technical Report & Video), contributing to the development of the "Army Chief of Staff's White Paper on Army Families" and editing "The Gulf War and Mental Health: A Comprehensive Guide" (Praeger, 1996).

"Military life is challenging and a unique experience for every family. The well-being of military family members is especially challenged during times of transition, such as while PCS-ing and during deployment and reintegration because the change can often alter routines making even everyday tasks seem impossible," said Colonel Martin. "Addressing the four pillars of well-being: exercise, diet, managing stress and building social connections, is important for all individuals and especially for military families whose lives are in constant motion. Creating a plan that encompasses all four pillars will help spouses, and others, manage those more hectic moments of military life."

The webinar is offered for free by Military spouses interested in attending are invited to register at is an online resource edited by military spouses for military spouses that features personal stories, advice, tool and tips. The site was launched in 2011 as a complement to Bryant & Stratton College Online's Salute to Spouses Scholarship, which provides eligible spouses up to $6,000 for online degree programs offered by Bryant & Stratton College Online. All Salute to Spouses Scholarship recipients must meet Bryant & Stratton College scholarship guidelines to receive the full award. In 2012, started the Salute to Homecoming campaign in order to provide specific resources around navigating the highs and lows of military homecoming and reintegration.

As a member of the Service Members Opportunities College (SOC) consortium*, Bryant & Stratton College Online adheres to the SOC principles for service members and their families. They are also an approved institution for the training of U.S. veterans and their family in accordance with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Bryant & Stratton College Online participates and accepts transfers from CLEP, DANTES, ECE and other SOC Colleges. In recognition of the school's support of veteran and military students, G.I. Jobs Magazine named Bryant & Stratton College Online a Military Friendly School for 2012.

*The Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach campus is also a SOCNAV and SOCAD consortium member.

About is a go-to resource for education and career news for military spouses. Sponsored by the Bryant & Stratton College Online's military relations department, was launched as a complement to Bryant & Stratton College Online's Salute to Scholarship, which provides eligible spouses up to $6,000 for online degree programs offered by Bryant & Stratton College Online. The articles, tips, advice columns and personal accounts on uniquely support the needs of military spouses because they are created and edited by military spouses. For more information please visit

About Bryant & Stratton College Online
Bryant & Stratton College is a private career college delivering outcomes based education and training through a flexible, contemporary curriculum in a personalized environment. The College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and has locations in New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as an Online Education division, and a Professional Skill Center. For over 155 years, Bryant & Stratton College has been providing real world education leading to bachelor's and associate's degrees and professional certificates. Bryant & Stratton College Online offers five online bachelor's degree programs, eleven online associate's degree programs and eleven online certificate programs in a variety of fields including business, criminal justice, financial services, healthcare, human resources and information technology. Some online programs are not yet available in all states. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of graduates and other important information, please visit General information about Bryant & Stratton College and its online degrees can also be found at

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