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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
hand shake between troop and employer
Unemployment rates are getting better for post 9/11 veterans, but are still higher than the national average according to a recent article appearing in USA Today (USA Today, January 6, 2013). The article quotes economist James Borbely of the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that the unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans is down to 9.9% after peaking at 12.1% in 2011. This...
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
PTSD Coach app on smartphone
PTSD Coach - > http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/apps/PTSDCoach.asp Do you need help managing your PTSD symptoms? Do you want to learn a little more about PTSD? The National Center for PTSD in conjunction with the National Center for Telehealth have developed an application, PTSD Coach, that can help you learn about PTSD and offer tools to help you cope with PTSD symptoms. When you...
Monday, December 17, 2012
Soldier in the field with iPad talking to family
Staying in touch with a loved one while he or she is away can be challenging, and in the military community separations for work assignments, deployments, and relocations to new states and countries are all too common. Luckily, today's wide-spread availability of the internet and other communication technologies makes it easier to keep in touch during absences and to continue family traditions...
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Soldier with piggy bank
When things other than their military mission distract service members, readiness is compromised. Financial concerns are one of the leading distractors. In severe cases, financial problems can limit security clearances. The Department of Defense announced the launching of an informational campaign intended to help military families stay on top of their personal finances. Basic principles will be...
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Soldier with iPad talking to family
Three out of five service members have family responsibilities. Two million children are impacted by deployment or separation from their Service Member parent each year. In addition, service members and their families may also be affected by workplace separation or divorce. Today there is an unprecedented level of access and communication between service members and their families during times...
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Veterans Plaza at Penn State
The Veterans Plaza at Penn State University is a gift from the class of 2011. It was dedicated on September 14th by university President Rodney Erickson at the Schwab Auditorium in front of a capacity crowd. The memorial is intended to honor all Penn Staters who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The Veterans Plaza is also named for Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy, a 1998 Penn State...
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Wooden characters on a hill
Researchers from Yale University have shown that infants as young as 3 months of age respond to the “social behavior” of others (Hamlin, Wynn, & Bloom, 2007; Hamlin, Wynn, & Bloom, 2010).  The findings suggest that preverbal infants show a preference for characters who engage in helpful behaviors, while avoiding characters who engage in negative behaviors.  These findings have surprised...
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Two schoolgirls bully a younger girl
  Our earlier blog on bullying focused on parents and children who were being bullied (http://www.militaryfamilies.psu.edu/resources/blog/school-bullying-and-military-families-how-cope).  This blog looks at bullying issues from the perspective of the bully and his or her parents.  First, some reminders of the characteristics of bullying and the unique challenges that military kids face when it...
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Soldier holding vote pin
The elections are drawing near.  If you have not received your requested absentee ballot (or never requested one) it is not too late to have your voice heard this election.  The first step is to go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (http://www.fvap.gov/).  The site is intended to help uniformed service members, their families, and citizens living outside the United States vote. Click on...
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Soldier with school books
New Online Master’s Program can Benefit Military Members and their Spouses   Kansas State University and the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA) recently announced a new online master's degree program that can benefit members of the military and their spouses. The online Master of Science in family and community services program is ideal for those who work full time...

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