Thriving As a Military Spouse
November 7, 2012
Sara Jane Arnett
Photo courtesy of Office of Military & Veterans Affairs
Regent University's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs recently welcomed Sara Jane Arnett, wife of Army captain Sam Arnett, as its Networking Lunch 'n Learn speaker on the topic of "How to Thrive as a Military Spouse." Arnett, the 2011 Hampton Roads Heroes at Home military spouse award recipient, is also a student in Regent's School of Business & Leadership.
Arnett spoke about the importance of having a mentor, and introduced her personal mentor and fellow Army wife (retired) Shirley Strong. Arnett also spoke on ways to build resilience to strengthen military families, including managing family separation, getting involved in post and community activities, and focusing on self and family relationships. Acknowledging that achieving all this is not easy, Arnett said, "Do we run from problems? No! We have no choice. We too can serve."
When the stress of deployment strikes, "Laugh!" Arnett advised. "It's too easy to wallow in self-pity. Recognize the good."
"When God made the military spouse, He made an extraordinary woman capable of wearing many hats to support herself and her family," said Vanessa Miller, a Navy spouse and current student in the School of Business & Leadership. "What Sara provided is motivation to show that, even though life is hard and we often get discouraged, God has gifted us with the same strength and will He provided to the Proverbs 31 woman. The presentation informed the audience that we must assess our roles as spouses, parents, and students in an effort to set our priorities appropriately."
Arnett is a graduate of Murray State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership on presidential scholarship as the 2011 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year.
Regent's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs' monthly Networking Lunch 'n Learns provide student and regional armed forces veterans and spouses with skills to successfully transition to the civilian workforce.
Learn more about Regent's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888