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By Dr. Chris Reynolds, CEM, MEMS, Lt.Col, USAF (Ret)
Special Contributor, American Military University

Military families can help all families in the community to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours, which means having safe shelter, basic first aid supplies, non-perishable food, clean water, and sanitation.  Our military families possess the necessary skills to help their neighbors prepare.   

By Dr. Nancy Heath and Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff
Dr. Heath is the Program Director for Human Development and Family Studies at APU.
Dr. Ratliff is the Program Director of the M.Ed. in School Counseling at APU.

Families experience enormous amounts of stress when one parent goes off to war. Rules and boundaries change, chores may be divided up differently, and loyalties are renegotiated. As the reality of a partner’s deployment sinks in, the remaining parent may find it hard to function, since he or she is suffering a significant upheaval and loss of support. Eventually, though, most non-deployed parents find ways to cope. They learn new skills, find new social groups, and establish new routines. Yet most eagerly await the return of their partner, and children, especially, look forward to a return to normalcy.

By Jackie Hott
Faculty Member at American Military  University

There is change that happens to us and change that we instigate. Either way we have to make the experience work for us. How do we do that? Making change work involves having a purpose, setting priorities, and designing a plan. I like to call this P3: purpose, priority, and plan.

By Leslie Olsen
In Military Education, Special Contributor

There's a learning curve for everyone when it comes to online education. Once you have the basics down it becomes a bit easier, and you'll get to optimize your learning style moving forward. Don't let being technologically illiterate stop you from pursuing your education online.