Social Work Professor James Martin Quoted in USA Today Article About New Military Protective Gear

Posted April 2nd, 2012 at 2:32 pm.

martinjwebThis USA Today article about the use of “protective under garments” by military combat troops quotes Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Professor James Martin.

From the article:
“Beyond protecting troops from wounds, PUGs can affect morale, says Jim Martin, a sociologist at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and a retired Army colonel.

‘It conveys a very strong message on the part of the Army and government to give you the best equipment possible,’ Martin says, ‘that they’re not just concerned about executing the mission but your safety and well being, too.'”

A retired Army colonel, Martin is a recognized national leader in the area of military-family services and support, and he has served as a subject-matter expert for numerous Department of Defense and other related federal research and program-development initiatives.

His 26-year-career in the Army Medical Department included clinical and research as well as senior management (command) and policy assignments. Martin was the senior social-work officer in the Persian Gulf theater of operations during the first Gulf War and edited The Gulf War and Mental Health: A Comprehensive Guide.

The GSSWSR is one of the nation’s oldest academic social-work programs. The school provides a learning environment that is supportive and intellectually rigorous, encouraging critical thinking and the expression of social-work values through classes, field-based training, research, and active civic engagement in collaboration with the College as a whole.

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