Hosts Webinar for Military Spouses About the Effects of PTSD on Marriage

Webinar to Be Held on October 24; Will Address Warning Signs of PTSD, How the Disorder Impacts a Couple's Relationship and Tips for Managing PTSD

BUFFALO, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 17, 2012) - Military spouse website today announced a new webinar in its yearlong "Salute to Homecoming" campaign. The webinar, titled "How to Recognize PTSD and Keep it from Ruining Your Marriage," will be held on October 24 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. By highlighting signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how the disorder affects a military couple's relationship, the webinar will dive deep into an issue impacting the lives of many military families

The webinar's featured speaker is Nicole Pukay-Martin, PhD. Dr. Pukay-Martin received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she specialized in couple-based interventions, psychopathology and health problems. Dr. Pukay-Martin is completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. Her current research and clinical interests involve examining the interpersonal effects of PTSD and couple-based treatments for PTSD. She is part of a team investigating interpersonal factors involved with the development and maintenance of PTSD. She is also assisting with a trial of Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD versus Prolonged Exposure among U.S. troops.

PTSD continues to be a pervasive condition among veterans. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD estimates 11-20 percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars develop PTSD.

"The instances of diagnosed PTSD are increasing and with troop draw downs and overall military cut backs, the effects are impacting family life more than ever," said Allison Perkins, editor and military spouse. "This is an important issue to our military spouse community. Too many spouses feel helpless or lost trying to support a spouse with PTSD. This webinar will talk about the real issues and provide some pragmatic strategies to managing the disorder."

The webinar is complimentary for all military spouses and their families. Military spouses interested in attending are invited to register on the Salute to Spouses website 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's Salute to Spouses Scholarship, which provides eligible spouses up to $6,000 for online degree programs or campus-based programs at select campuses offered by the College. All Salute to Spouses Scholarship recipients must meet Bryant & Stratton College scholarship guidelines to receive the full award. In 2012, initiated 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 schools support of veteran and military students, G.I. Jobs Magazine named Bryant & Stratton College Online a Military Friendly School for 2013.

*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 Spouses Scholarship, which provides eligible spouses up to $6,000 for online degree programs or campus-based programs at select locations in Milwaukee and Virginia at Bryant & Stratton College. 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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