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Bryant & Stratton College Online Honored as a 2012 Military Friendly School for Its Support of Active-Duty Service Members, Military Veterans and Their Families

BUFFALO, NY — Bryant & Stratton College Online announced today that it has again been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine. Only 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools are awarded this distinction.

Unaccompanied orders equal no spouse hiring preference

Kara is ready to work.

Her Navy husband is on assignment to an unaccompanied tour in Nevada. She moved to Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico to be closer to her family in his absence.

Now, she is ready to fill his time away with a job of her own. When she visited the hiring office on base though, she was told that she was unable to use spouse hiring preference to apply for a clerical or administrative job there.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Changes are Here!

In April we told you about the upcoming changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill expected to take place in August.

August is here and the changes are upon us.

Many of the changes were designed to make the benefits available to more veterans and streamline the process. For anyone using the program, it means paying attention to the fine details as you apply and use the benefits.

Is commuting the fast lane to divorce court?

I have blamed long commutes for ruining evening plans, stripping my budget of extra money to pay for all that gas and contributing to my lack of sleep. But a new Swedish study claims longer rides to and from work may also help destroy marriages.

The report collected 10 years of data for more than 2 million couples in Sweden. Of those couples, those that had at least one partner traveling more than 18.6 miles a day, each way, were 40 percent more likely to separate. As you might guess, the divorces happened in the first few years of marriage.

Calling All Female Veterans

Women serve. Women fight. Women are injured. The VA is finally not just noticing but reaching out to female veterans.

This summer the VA began calling every female veteran by phone to personally talk with them about health care and services available especially for them as women. Officials estimate there are roughly 1.8 million women veterans living today.

Study Determines the Most Stressed Women in the World

As you’re racing across town to reach the tail end of the school pickup line in time, after zig zagging between errands and making a to do list for tonight in your head, ever think for a second that you must be the  most stressed woman on the planet?

I mean we have PTA meetings, doctor appointments, birthday parties to plan, full-time jobs, online classes and dinner to serve while it’s still hot, right?

Velcro made my husband a happy man tonight. Or rather the soon-to-be lack of it.

This week the Army announced that soldiers will no longer be required to Velcro many of their patches onto their ACU shirts - camo uniforms for the uninitiated. Instead, they’ll be able to sew them on, just like in the good ole days.

And, he can finally ditch the itchy, uncomfortable black beret that leaves the ever sexy red indention across the front of his forehead. He’ll be able to don a patrol cap – camo hat for you civilians.

These small changes in uniform had my husband practically dancing in his seat.

No More Pencils, No More Books

Happy summer! For many of us that means trying to entertain our kids all day while we work, take class, clean and ever so slowly mark off the days until school kicks off again this fall.

But seriously, summer is fun. In our house, with four kids underfoot, summer means our kitchen looks a bit like an arts and crafts studio, the backyard is covered in water balloons and oozing popsicles and the television is always on too loud. It’s two months of organized chaos.

Spouse Spotlight: Meet Sarah

Sarah Finlay has proven just how time management and goal setting can really impact your life. As a Salute to Spouse Scholarship recipient, Sarah has mastered the task of balancing her responsibilities as Air Force wife, mother and student by implementing those very important skills. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband and daughter.

STS: How long have you been married and how did you meet your spouse? Do you have children? If so, what ages? Tell us about your journey through military life.

A Message to Our Military Students and Families

Bryant & Stratton College Online would like to take a moment to thank those in our student community that currently serve, have served, and those who support our military as the Memorial Day weekend comes to a close.  We greatly appreciate the commitment, dedication and service of our military students, and we are proud to have them as part of the Bryant & Stratton College Online community.  

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